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Help with bourbon & cider cocktail

Our office is having our holiday party at this restaurant (on Charles St) and I'd like to try a bourbon cocktail similar to one I had at the Ashmont Grill that involved cider syrup and bitters.

I'm usually a wine drinker so don't feel comfortable ordering "off the menu" cocktails. Would regular cider be a reasonable substitute if they don't have cider syrup?

Does anyone have a good recipe for a bourbon/cider drink that isn't a hot drink?

I also liked a bourbon Sidecar so I guess that's a reasonable back-up choice or something involving bourbon, lemon or cider.........

Also posted this on the "spirits" board.

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  1. Add bourbon to cold cider

    add ice

    Optional: dust with cinnamon and/or nutmeg

    Consume

    repeat

    6 Replies
    1. re: StriperGuy

      It's funny - that's my recipe also... except I frequently omit the cider.

      1. re: tdaaa

        Open Bourbon

        Pour over Ice

        Throw away apple cider

        Consume

        1. re: tdaaa

          ... and throw the cinnamon over your shoulder...

          I think I have a fruitcake recipe you would like.

          1. re: tdaaa

            And sometimes you omit the ice too?

          2. re: StriperGuy

            Sometimes I'll top it off with a splash of ginger beer.

            1. re: phatchris

              I've started adding about half homemade ginger beer to my cider cocktails since all I can find is pasteurized cider (aka cloudy apple juice). It really makes the flavor sparkle the way good cider should.

          3. I've made a cider syrup for a cocktail, too, but it tends to be used in "up" drinks like Sidecar variants. For an office party, better to not get people stinko: a simple punch that's a bit less strong is a better idea. Bourbon (or Tennessee whiskey, gold rum, brandy, applejack, or Canadian whisky) and cider fits this bill nicely.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

            1. Wise guys eh......................?

              1. This should work - quite delicious in fact

                Perfect Harvest
                (adapted recipe from Eben Klemm)
                Ingredients:
                1 1/2 oz Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
                1/2 oz Luxardo Amaretto Liqueur
                1/2 oz honey
                spiced apple cider

                Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

                4 Replies
                1. re: coolhandluke

                  Absolutely NO reason to use fru fru bourbon in a punch with as many flavorful ingredients as that.

                  You could not possibly taste the difference between $30 a (750 ml) bottle Hirsch and $25 a handle (1.75L) Jim Beam.

                  That said, looks like a decent punch.

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    I agree with Striperguy, no need to use a top notch bourbon in a mixed drink. I would, however insist on the Luxardo Amaretto as it is FAR superior in taste to DiSarrono (sp?), and does make a noticable difference in a mixed drink.

                    1. re: kimfair1

                      I agree on the Luxardo. I have lately been making Mai Tais and use half almond syrup and half Luxardo Amaretto.

                  2. ask the bartender to throw a splash of B&B in there...