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The Cider Delighter

November 21, 2013

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it now; I love Autumn cocktails.  This time of year puts some of my favorite-flavors in the forefront of celebrating. Apples, pears, and all the “holiday spices” make me smile as the weather transitions to the cool months of Fall.

For years now I have made it a policy not to publish recipes that were not my own, but Vikingford Vodka came up with one that I had to share.  Vikingford is an award winning 5 time distilled potato based vodka from Norway that exclusively uses glacier water.

The recipe caught my eye because of two unique ingredients: Allspice Dram and Apple Bitters.  YUM!

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  • 1 1/2 oz Vikingford Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Allspice Dram
  • 1 1/2 oz Sparkling Apple Cider
  • 1 dash BAked Apple Bitters

Combine all but the sparkling cider in a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into a Old Fashioned Glass filled with ice and top with apple cider.  Garnish with an apple slice.

(This recipe also can work in bulk as a punch style)

There are ca couple of commercially made Allspice Drams (also called Pimento Dram) and one Baked Apple Bitters, both of which are easily searchable.  What in intrigued me about this recipe is I had just made a homemade Allspice Dram,  and make Apple Bitters at Secreto.  The bitters take time so go ahead and buy them online at your favorite bitters supply place but let’s make the Dram…..

Allspice Dram

  • 2 cups good dark rum
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar (if you  are REALLY daring use sucanat sugar)
  • 1/2 cup whole allspice
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick

combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a very soft boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool to  room  temperature.  Cover the saucepan and let sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours. Strain, bottle and refrigerate.

Happy Season and Celebration!

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