When Stef and I started planning our menu for this years Thanksgiving feast, we had no trouble picking out a signature cocktail. If you’ve been with we heart this from the beginning, you may remember the Honey Apple Martini. This sweet cocktail with tangy apple was our very first Cocktail of the Month. Since Stef and I will be creating this perfectly fall cocktail tomorrow, we decided to rerun this Cocktail specialty for all of the we heart this readers we’ve picked up along the way.
Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s Stef’s original post…
I love having a signature drink for every get-together I throw, something seasonal that compliments the theme. So for my 2008 Halloween party, apples instantly came to mind. Apple trees, bobbing for apples, the caramel apples that the big house in the neighborhood used to give out to trick or treaters, to me apples scream “Fall”.
All online searches lead me to the apple martini. Don’t get me wrong, I love a martini. But the traditional apple martini is more Jolly Rancher than freshly picked. So I knew I was going to have to whip up something on my own.
A ramble down the liquor isle at the market led me to Wild Turkey American Honey Liqueur. The recipe came to like a bolt of sweet lightening. Honey Whiskey mixed with Apple Cider and Ginger Ale and voilà-one of my more successful ideas was born!
Here’s what Wild Turkey has to say about American Honey, which is the only bourbon-based liqueur on the market. “Wild Turkey liqueur brings out the best flavors of our premium bourbon, but with real honey to give it a sweetness that’s hard to resist. The palate is a bit like syrup and glides around the mouth with obvious notes of vanilla and citrus.”
This a sweet drink, but the bourbon adds richness and the apple cider and ginger ale gives it a bite too. But for the lazy, the American Honey is great chilled on it’s own too. Bottoms up!
Honey Apple Martini
1 shot (2 oz) Wild Turkey American Honey
1 shot Apple Cider *
1 shot Ginger Ale
Shake first 2 ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice (crushed is best).
Pour into large martini glass and top with Ginger Ale. **
Garnish with thin slice of apple. Makes One drink.
* If you can’t find cider, Simply Apple brand 100% juice is quite good and very cider-like.
** I prefer Vernors Ginger Ale, which has a stronger ginger taste than others.