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    Ciderhouse Whiskey

    Welcome to Cocktail Day, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic, Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake, and Donna of Cookistry.

    Cocktail Day
    We are raising our glasses to toast you all with some unique and delicious cocktails and mocktails in anticipation of the Big Game and Valentine’s Day. Be sure to bookmark or pin these creative beverages for your next gathering. We hope you enjoy this marvelous event and the incredible giveaways from our generous sponsors. Cheers!

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    Well, how excited am I to be part of this fabulous event!! But what sort of cocktail can I bring to this party of fabulous bloggers? I really can’t drink any of the clear alcohols. Truth be told, I like bourbon. I have been told I drink bourbon like a sailor … not quite sure if that’s a compliment or not, but okie dokie … so bourbon it is.

    And then I remembered that while the Dear One is away … for a month … there was a bourbon (his fav too!) cocktail I wanted to perfect to have at the ready when he returns.

    Enter the Ciderhouse Whiskey, simply made with bourbon and cider syrup.

    Cider syrup? Oh, what’s that you say? Really simple to make, smells heavenly and produces this thick, apple intense, lovely syrup that I can see on ice cream and on pound cake on … well, my sisters were eating it right off spoons!

    So the combination of sweet, syrupy cider and mellow bourbon made this the drink of choice to have ready to pour when the Dear One returns from his chilly adventures!

    But before we get to the recipe, check out these great prizes!
    2 Individual Copies of Molecule Gastronomy by Molecule-R Cookbook
    1 Set of Mojito R-evolution (Molecular Mixology Kit)
    1 Set of Margarita R-evolution (Molecular Mixology Kit)
    1 Set of Cosmo R-evolution (Molecular Mixology Kit)
    1 Copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail sponsored by Race Point Publishing
    1 Copy of Apothecary Cocktails sponsored by Fair Winds Press
    1 Copy of The Best Craft Cocktails and Bartending with Flair sponsored by Page St. Publishing
    1 Not So Simple Gift Basket
    1 Microplane Bartender’s Garnishing Tool
    1 Microplane Citrus Tool

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    Now back to the cocktail!

    • 2 oz. bourbon
    • 1 oz. boiled cider or cider syrup (see note)
    • A strip of lemon zest

    Combine bourbon and cider syrup over ice and stir gently. Twist lemon zest and drop into drink, stir again, and serve.

    Note: Cider syrup is so simple to make, gently boil a gallon of apple cider in a heavy-bottomed pot, stirring occasionally, until it has reduced to ⅛ (making 2 cups syrup), about 2 hours. Let cool to room temperature and store, refrigerated, in an air-tight container. To  know how much 2 cups is simple – pour 2 cups of the cider into the pot and measure with a chopstick or wooden skewer so you know where the 2 cup mark is. Pour the rest of the cider in and follow the above instructions until it boils down to the mark on your chopstick. This takes many hours. I’ll post this process soon.

    Other Fabulous Bloggers Mixing It Up with Us for Cocktail Day:


    Our sponsors for Cocktail Day are Molecule-R, Page St. Publishing, Race Point Publishing, Fair Winds Press, Microplane, and Not So Simple Syrup.

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    31 Responses

    1. I love the sound of cider syrup! Your cocktail is marvelous!!!

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    6. Great cocktail, I love a how warming this would be for winter!!

    7. My husband would love this! Thanks for a great recipe!

    8. What a great winter drink! Looking forward to trying this one –

    9. Mmm cider syrup. Perfect with bourbon. I love simple cocktails. This sounds lovely!

    10. This cocktail sounds delicious, and I love how simple it is to put together. Thanks for sharing!

    11. Sounds like really warming drink 🙂 too bad I need something cool at the moment 😀

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    13. Hubbie loves whiskey and would love this one.

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    15. You had me at bourbon. 🙂

    16. We’re big bourbon fans so this sounds great!

    17. Oooh, Interesting. And I love how simple it would be to make once the cider syrup is on hand.

    18. I just love this one. It’s such a classic.

    19. Looks delicious! Cider syrup is intriguing.

    20. I would totally take it as a compliment. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with us. I really like the crisp lemon zest!

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