Fall cocktail: The apple cider martini
What is one of the best things about Fall? For me it's apples, apple cider, and apple cider martinis!
In the area where I live there are a few apple orchards and a couple of cider mills. When my kids were little one of our favorite Fall activities was going to the apple farms to buy apples, of course, and cider. Those were the days! As adults they both still love apple cider. Today, in honor of Fall and our love for apples, I have made a citrus apple martini.
And as an added bonus, for today's grown up cider cocktail, my husband has made his very special rosemary infused simple syrup. It really gives the drink a nice herbal note, and it is pretty easy to make. Apples and herbs go great together, we all know that.
You will have to make the simple syrup about a week ahead.
As far as the origins of cider are concerned, they go way back. There is archaeological evidence that places apple trees growing along the banks of the Nile. Of course, these varieties were nothing like the apples we have today.
By the time the Romans invaded England, cider production was already underway. The Romans liked the drink the locals were imbibing in so much that pretty soon cider spread throughout the Roman Empire. This drink back then was strong and boozy, and not suitable for children. Closer to an apple cider cocktail than juice.
When the colonists arrived in America they brought their cider...
Apples were a lot easier to grow in the cold New England climate than hops or grains.
This citrus apple cider martini uses lemon juice to cut down on the sweetness of the apple cider. As for the liquor, I choose vodka because it has very little flavor, so it doesn't overwhelm the cider/lemon juice combination. This is a bright, refreshing cocktail that is perfect for all your Fall get-togethers.
If you live near an apple farm, or cider mill take advantage of it, and get some cider because Fall will be over before you know it.
Need to pair your martini with a snack? Try Thai-Style chicken wings. The spice will balance out the sweet of the apple cider cocktail. Perfect.
Citrus Apple Cider Martini
Make this refreshing citrus apple cider martini for your next Fall get-together. Sweet apple cider, fresh lemon juice, rosemary simple syrup, and vodka. Easy, and delicious.
- 1 oz lemon juice fresh squeezed
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz simple syrup rosemary infused
- 1 oz apple cider
Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 sprigs rosemary
To make the cocktail:
In a cocktail shaker place 1 cup ice, and all the ingredients. Shake vigorously.
Serve in a martini glass. Garnish with an apple slice.
To make rosemary infused simple syrup:
Heat water and sugar on low until sugar is dissolved. Place in a Mason Jar. Add 6-8 sprigs of rosemary.
Cover and let it sit for a week or two. Strain and store in refrigerator.