The Leaf Peeper celebrates Vermont, bringing together the appley sweetness of ice cider with the buttery caramel notes of Vermont Gold vodka, which is made from maple sap. Maple syrup and a pour of hard cider balances the flavor. This cocktail, which works equally well as an aperitif or an after dinner drink, is basic in execution but complex in flavor.
- 1 1/2 ounces Vermont Gold Vodka
- 1 1/2 ounces Eden Ice Cider, plus more for rimming
- 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
- 3/4 ounce hard cider
- Cinnamon sugar for rimming
- Cinnamon stick as garnish (optional)
Fill a martini glass with ice and water to chill. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the vodka, ice cider and maple syrup. Stir to combine.
Empty the water and ice from the martini glass. Dip the martini glass in a shallow tray of ice cider. Shake off excess and then dip the glass in a shallow plate of cinnamon sugar to coat the rim.
Strain the contents of the shaker into the martini glass. Float the cider on top and add a cinnamon stick to garnish.