Wild Apple Old Fashioned

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I’ve been trying to come up with a name for this drink for awhile. I really wanted to have the word “turkey” in the title (since it is made with Wild Turkey bourbon) so that this would make more sense as a pre-Thanksgiving post. Unfortunately my pun-making skills seem to be on the fritz. Yesterday my internet took a vacation too, so I’m later than anticipated with this recipe.

Even though I’m a day late and a pun short, I think this cocktail makes up for it. Are you starting to feel the holiday stress too? Pour yourself one of these, take a deep breath, and try to live in the moment. That’s my plan.

Wild Apple Old Fashioned (adapted from a classic Old Fashioned in American Bar by Charles Schumann)

1. Place a sugar cube in a short (also called old fashioned) glass. Add drops of Angostura bitters until the sugar cube is saturated.

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2. Use a cinnamon stick to crush the sugar cube.

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3. Add 2 ounces of Wild Turkey bourbon and 2 ounces of apple cider. Stir with the cinnamon stick to dissolve the sugar.

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4. Add ice cubes (leave a little room for the club soda that will be added in the next step).

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5. Fill with club soda. Stir gently with the cinnamon stick.

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6. At this point you can choose to garnish with an apple slice if you’re feeling fancy. I used a straw to punch a hole in the apple slice and then stuck it on the cinnamon stick.

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7. Top with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon. (Don’t skip this step–it adds flavor, not just a garnish.)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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