This cocktail is a such a flavorful, smokey, comforting, warming drink to enjoy any season! To me, this cocktail screams fall time or cooler weather though with all the warming flavors and ingredients added with a splash of freshness! It’s super light and refreshing and looks absolutely beautiful. It is definitely a crowd pleaser, but for me personally, I like to treat myself and this is definitely a wonderful treat after a long week… or Monday… If you are making this cocktail for a party, it is so easy to mix up ahead of time so all you need to do is pour over ice & garnish, then down the hatch. I hope you all enjoy! Cheers!
I don’t know about you guys, but I have a heavy hand and I never measure when making cocktails…like ever. What fun would that be, anyways? So instead of ounces, cups, shots, etc… I’m just going to give you guys a general ratio and you can play around with the recipe if you like more or less of any of the ingredients!
-White Wine (use your favorite, but something too sweet might not taste right…I like a dry Sauvignon Blanc for this)
-Club Soda/Plain Seltzer
-Freshly squeezed lime juice
-Fresh Rosemary sprigs
-Lets talk about apple butter… I’m sure they sell this at the store, but I make my own and it’s so easy! Cook down a mixture of apples (Wash, de-seed and quarter) I use the skins in my recipe, so no need to peel! Also, use what you like, but try to get a balance of sweet and tart. Cook down in large pot with a little bit of water on the bottom, until the flesh is cooked all the way down and the skins are super soft (45 minutes or so?). Keep an eye on them and mix every so often. I then use my immersion blender (or use a regular blender) to blend it all together until completely smooth and thick, then cook another 20 minutes until reduced and it has deepened in color. Let it cool in the fridge and it’s ready!
-Now, on to the cocktail. Start by preparing your charred rosemary and cinnamon. SO easy. Simply take your lighter and hold it at the end of your cinnamon stick until it starts to smoke (like 20 seconds or so?). With your rosemary you’ll want to move the lighter all around your rosemary until you can start to smell the rosemary and it gets slightly browned in some spots. I like to keep some of the green color.
Now to assemble!
-In your glass, fill up all the way with ice
-Fill 1/3 of the way up with Bourbon
-Put in another 1/3 portion of your white wine
-Top off (almost) your remaining 1/3 portion with your glass with club soda/seltzer (save room for a few more little ingredients, leave like 1/2″ at the top)
-In a shaker, add in a heaping spoonful of your apple butter, a sprig of your charred rosemary, 1/4 – 1/2 of a fresh lime, juiced, and your icey cocktail mixture
-Shake what your momma gave you, and pour it back into your glass
-Top with your cinnamon stick with the charred side facing up out of the glass. *The fresh cinnamon will infuse your cocktail adding a wonderful spiced flavor, while the smokey cinnamon-y smell you get with each sip compliments the taste of the bourbon really well!*
From my happy & healthy & THIRSTY belly to yours,