I’ve never been a fan of sweet cocktails, but that seems to have changed a little bit this fall. Lately, I’m really enjoying darker, warming flavors with a tidge more sweetness than I would’ve thought I’d like. This was my first Applejack, purchased on a whim when stopping just to pick up some bitters – both are used in this drink. Applejack brandy is simply mixed with ginger ale, and topped with a light squeeze of lemon and a few drops of aromatic bitters. It’s sweeter than I’m used to, but probably not sweet by most people’s standards – between the ginger ale, the lemon and the bitters, the sweetness is cut down quite a bit and the drink is very well-balanced.
On top of being pretty darn delicious, it takes about 30 seconds to make – definitely an easy wind-down drink after a long day, and perfect for nursing in front of the fireplace with guests.
- 4 ounces Laird's Applejack brandy
- 8 ounces ginger ale
- Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
- Several drops aromatic bitters
- Apple slices for garnish
- Combine brandy and ginger ale in highball glasses over ice. Stir to combine.
- Add lemon juice and bitters. Garnish and serve.