The ReJigger Apple Rye November 19 2013
For me, nothing really captures the fall flavors like apple cider. There are many cocktails out there using apple cider so let’s see if we can create a ReJiggered apple cider cocktail. Now you might be wondering what the difference is between apple cider and apple juice? While there don't seem to be any real hard and fast rules, apple cider tends to be unfiltered apple juice with more apple-y goodness. If you can, try to find an unsweetened apple cider for this drink.
For the cocktail, we’ll start by making a honey and thyme-infused apple cider syrup. Combine 1 cup of unsweetened apple cider, ½ a cup of honey, and 4 sprigs of thyme in a sauce pot and simmer together for 10 minutes. Remove the thyme, strain the syrup, and let it cool before making your cocktail. In a pinch, apple juice will probably work, but you’ll want to dial back the honey.
Once our honey apple cider syrup is cool, we’re ready to make our cocktail. Start by pouring rye whiskey in the largest compartment, followed by the apple cider syrup in the medium compartment. We’ll balance out the sweetness with some lemon juice in the smallest compartment. Pour all the ingredients into a pint glass filled with ice and give it a good shake. Strain into a glass over ice and enjoy! The apple cider and rye work really well together while the honey and thyme add a nice note to round out the drink. Try pairing this cocktail with a nice, big pork chop. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Cheers.