As far as I’m concerned, there’s a reason that classic cocktails remain classics.
Give me a good Manhattan any day and I’m a happy girl.
However, it should come as no surprise to any of you that I like discovering the old gems. Sometimes this gets me into trouble. I once asked a barman for something different and was given what I was told was a lost cocktail from the 1920s: The Bonea combination of bourbon, lemon juice, and Tabasco. In theory, it should have been delicious, the bourbon taking the edge off of the acidic punch of the lemon finished with heat that rounded out each sip, keeping it balanced. In practice, it reminded me of the concoctions that my sister and I used to create when we were young for the sole purpose of seeing what would freeze. In case you were wondering, nothing with plain M&Ms ever did. I’m still not sure why.
The Bone also made me wonder how our tastes had evolved in the last century.
That’s the thing about cocktailsthey’re tricky to get just right.
When it came to making my own for Friendsgiving, I wanted to go simplefirst because I still hadn’t gotten over my infusion kick, and I wanted the flavors of the vodka to really shine. And, secondly, because, with a house full of guests who were getting hungrier by the minute (please refer to my inability to serve dinner before 9 pm), it had to be quick to prepare.
This one hits all the right marks, although I suspect that the vodka would be equally delicious with some apple cider and cinnamon. It’s something to try next year, anyway. So is remembering to take a photo of said cocktail.
Apple Cranberry Vodka
750 ml vodka1 cup fresh cranberries
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
Crush the cranberries and place them at the bottom of an infusion jar. Add the apples to your infusion jar. Top with vodka, and allow to infuse in a cool, dark place for at least 5-7 days. You can leave it longer, but remember to shake the jar periodically as the vodka is infusing throughout the process. Once the infusion is ready, strain the cranberries and apples out of it from it, using either cheese cloth or a coffee filter. Return the vodka to a serving container.
1 oz apple cranberry vodka
7 oz ginger ale
Frozen Cranberries (or, ice)
In a large glass, combine vodka and ginger ale. Garnish with frozen cranberries.