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Apple Crisp Cocktail from Union Square Cafe

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

This autumnal highball from Union Square Cafe in NYC brings together Laird's bonded apple brandy with bourbon that's been infused with spicy green cardamom pods. It's lightly spicy but still refreshing.

Notes: We used Buffalo Trace bourbon, but you can use whichever drinkable bourbon you have on hand. Don't infuse the bourbon for longer than directed, or it will take on much too aggressive a flavor. This recipe makes 1 cup infused bourbon, so you can save it in a sealed container for future cocktails.

To make honey syrup, stir together 1 ounce boiling water with 1 ounce honey until dissolved. Let cool before using.

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