• ‘Tis the season for entertaining and being entertained. No need to limit yourself or your guests to beer, wine and the standard martinis, Manhattans and Cosmos when serving up cocktails. Not when there is such a rich heritage of cocktails in the American archives of mixology. We’re now into offering you a drink recipe each day, with enough time after the final one for you to be sure you have the ingredients on hand for the Christmas-New Year’s party crush.
This particular recipe comes from Natalie Mouyianis, co-owner of the award-winning Hard Luck Lounge in Grosse Pointe Park, MI. You’ll have to begin work on it a few days in advance to get the correct infusion.
DRINK NO. 3 — CIDER MILL MARTINI
For the apple-cinnamon vodka infusion:
1 750 ml bottle of vodka
3 cinnamon sticks
4 red apples (any kind you like; organic are best)
1 doughnut hole
Put cinnamon sticks and vodka in air-tight container or jar, seal. Let soak for a few days, then wash, seed and quarter the apples and put them into the cinnamon vodka. Leave it refrigerated for four days, then strain into an empty bottle. Infusion will keep for up to a week refrigerated.
For the cocktail:
5 ounces apple-cinnamon vodka
2 ounces fresh apple cider
1 ounce simple syrup
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake well, strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a mini regular doughnut or cinnamon doughnut hole on the rim.
(Note: To make simple syrup, put equal parts sugar and water in saucepan, heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Chill.)
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