unless you're a wine drinker, you'd be hard pressed to find an adult beverage in my apartment. if it's not wine, it's an old bottle of bourbon i have on hand for some cooking and baking (check out this awesome bourbon-spiked banana bread recipe from sherri lynn). after a couple of years i eventually work my way through it and i go out and buy a new bottle. it keeps for a very uncrowded liquor cabinet, which conveniently doubles as a boiler room in my apartment.
and while i enjoy a good drink when i go out, i rarely make them at home. i have no desire to buy bitters and elderflower liquor and all the other snazzy things one needs to make various drinks. but like my love for gin gimlets, i believe that low-key, unfussy drinks are for me. so one night, a few weeks ago, when i was served a drink i loved, and it was basically bourbon and apple cider. i thought - i can do this, i can make this.
and so i did.
and so i did.
i looked up a few basic recipes and they called for ginger ale - the kind of ginger ale where ginger is listed in the ingredients. and that search led me to morris kitchen ginger syrup. it was a bit pricey ($15!) but since it's used sparingly, (and their website is filled with other recipes that use the syrup), i decided to go for it.
2 parts apple cider
1 1/2 parts bourbon
1/2 part ginger syrup
shake with ice and strain into a glass.
i would prefer it served over ice in the future, as i take my time with my drinks and i like to keep them cold. this is an easy recipe to play around with - perhaps use that gingerale instead of syrup or add in a touch of molasses and a touch of ginger syrup instead of just all ginger syrup. either way, i think it will be delicious. it's a perfect cocktail to kick off thanksgiving dinner and keep you warm all throughout the winter. and it uses up some of that bourbon when you're not too busy baking with it. gotta clear out that liquor cabinet somehow, right?