A classic Thanksgiving cocktail with a twist: Spiked Apple Cider from Wild Folklore
Ready for your new favorite fall cocktail? Our friend Alyson of Wild Folk Flower Apothecary is back again this month (remember her October creation?), this time with a Thanksgiving spiced apple cider cocktail. Get ready to turn the festivities up a notch this Thursday! Alyson, take it away…
This cocktail is meant to be enjoyed on Thanksgiving but is truly an anytime autumn delight. It is a twist on a traditional spiked cider, with a pear chamomile simple syrup and toasted marshmallows. You can enjoy it hot or cold, depending on how you like your drinks.
If you saw the October flower-infused cocktail, you know I like to include a flower into everything I create. Chamomile is my flower of choice for this concoction which has long been associated with patience—maybe something we could all use while waiting for the turkey to cook. The word Chamomile comes from the Greek meaning “ground apple,” because of its apple-like fragrance, making it a perfect match with apple cider. And toasted marshmallows, because, why not? Cheers!
6 oz spiced apple cider
3 oz of bourbon
1.5 oz of chamomile pear simple syrup
marshmallows for garnish (I like Wondermade Apple Cinnamon Marshmallows)
sliced apples or pears
Combine cider, bourbon and chamomile pear simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and give it a few good shakes. Pour over ice. Using a brûlée torch, lightly toast your marshmallows. Garnish with sliced apples and enjoy!
For a warm drink: Heat cider over the stove until warm. Slowly pour in simple syrup and bourbon. Pour into mugs and repeat steps for garnishing.
Chamomile Pear Simple Syrup
1 large bartlett pear, diced
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of dried chamomile flowers
In a small pot, add pear, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a low simmer and add chamomile flowers. Steep mixture for 30 minutes, then strain with a mesh strainer over a heat-proof jar or bowl, reserving the liquid.
Photography & Styling: Alyson Brown of Wild Folk Flower Apothecary