The other night we were enjoying some post-dinner Boardwalk Empire and Silka was conflicted; she wanted something sweet but she also wanted a cocktail. Luckily Jake, our official mixologist had just discovered Breuckelen Distilling Whiskey.
Jake is an American whiskey fanatic and was excited about finding another good, distinctive whiskey - and a local one at that. What makes this whiskey stand out is it's deep maple syrupy notes which make it rich, warming, smooth, and delicious. While we aren't usually fans of sweet cocktails, this night, at Silka's request, Jake jumped to his feet with a burst of whiskey-fueled inspiration. Why not make a dessert cocktail? And our first original cocktail was born - the Harvest Moon.
When we say Jake is the "official mixologist" we don't mean to imply he actually knows anything about tending bar or creating drinks. But he knows how to combine flavors and he knows how to drink whiskey, so... close enough. We ventured into the kitchen, grabbed some apples, cinnamon sticks, and the last of our super dark maple syrup that Jake’s brothers tapped last year. And, whoa, did it hit the spot! We're definitely going to do this more often!
+ 1 ½ oz whiskey - we used Breuckelen Distilling Whiskey
+ 1 tablespoon of dark maple syrup
+ 1 apple, cut into eight pieces
+ 4 oz water
+ ½ cinnamaon stick
+ 1 tablespoon of butter
1. In a small sauce pan, combine the maple syrup, water, cinnamon stick, and 4 apple slices. Bring to a hard simmer on medium-high heat and cook for about 5 minutes. Taste to make sure it's apple-y and cinnamon-y enough. If it's not sweet enough for you, add more syrup.
2. Remove from heat and whisk in butter. Strain into a glass. Pour whiskey over, and stir gently.
3. Serve with an apple slice garnish or add the cooked apples back in the glass. Drink away!