Apple Cider Bourbontini Cocktail

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Apple Cider Bourbontini Cocktail Recipe

Wow Your Guests With Bourbon Cocktails
Thanksgiving Holiday Entertaining

I am all about the WOW factor. Sure, sure a cocktail needs to be flavorful; but I like fanciful too. Chef Ouita Michel Chef in Residence at Woodford Reserve Bourbon Distillery definitely presented “Wow factors” this past weekend at the annual “Women of Woodford Holiday Entertaining” class.

Bourbon and apples; what a great pairing for our celebration of Harvest 2011 and Thanksgiving! Ouita’s presentation featured a martini glass drizzled with caramel sauce, equal parts of Woodford Reserve and Spiced Apple Cider garnished with an apple wedges bedazzled with with spun sugar.

Apple Bourbontini

I showed the photos to Mom, and she felt like the caramel looked messy. I rolled my eyes. But to appease Momma, I made the cocktail with my own twist using warm sorghum with a little apple cider to thin for the drizzle.

I tried; I really did, to get bedazzling apple slices like Ouita. I have not worked with sugar before, so maybe with a little practice I will do better. My apple wedges were glossy and pretty, as if they had been encased in glass.

Make up a batch of these to great your guests as they arrive during the holidays. I bet they will smile….and maybe they’ll giggle too. It’s all good. Cheers to the apple cider bourbontini!

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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.