Earlier this week, summer was holding its ground here in Seattle, with one last burst of sunny skies and warm weather. Now, the change is evident: the leaves are starting to turn and the mornings are more crisp. Autumn is preparing for its close-up.
I'm all about drinking seasonally, and as autumn begins, I find myself with a growing taste for apple brandy, a spirit that deserves a greater share of the mixological spotlight.
The Supreme is a cocktail that shows off the spirit's abilities: crisp with citrus and with the ethereal nuttiness of orgeat, a French almond syrup usually laced with orange flower water. The Supreme promotes the rich and fruity flavor of apple brandy to a well-deserved starring role. It's a great drink to enjoy while watching autumn's debut.
- 2 ounces apple brandy
- 1/2 ounce lemon or lime juice (I prefer lime)
- 1/4 ounce orgeat
- Dash of real pomegranate grenadine
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well for 10 seconds and strain into chilled cocktail glass.