cleanse cocktails part two

While I was in the midst of the Bon Appétit Food Lover’s Cleanse a couple weeks ago I had written about one of the cocktails they had included with the plan (really – how can you not like a cleanse that builds in cocktails?) – the Winter’s Revival. Feeling, er, revived, I set out with a couple girlfriends to take the other two recipes for a spin.

One of the nice things about the lower octane drinks is that the alcohol doesn’t overpower the rest of the ingredients. I don’t normally drink whiskey or gin but both of these cocktails were tasty, light and very fresh tasting. Couple that with less calories than perhaps the usual cocktail and I can see these being a big hit at all kinds of girls’ gatherings.

Cheers to that!

To Grandmother's House we go

To Grandmother’s House We Go
Serves 1

1 cup fresh cranberries
1 tsp ginger, minced
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 pinch of ground cloves
1 Tbsp honey
4 oz apple cider
1/2 ounce rye whiskey
Lemon twist

In a small saucepan, simmer cranberries through honey until soft, 20-25 minutes.

Place 1  Tbsp compote and apple cider in a cocktail with ice along with rye. Shake and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Rubies & Thorns

Rubies & Thorns
Serves 1

2 oz orange juice
1/2 oz gin
1 tsp lemon-thyme simple syrup*
4 oz Pellegrino

Lemon-thyme simple syrup: bring 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 2 sprigs lemon-thyme to a low simmer. Stir until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool.

Pour orange juice, gin and simple syrup over ice in a Collins glass, top with Pellegrino and stir. Garnish with a sprig of lemon-thyme.


About bistroonesix

I have an interest in all things food and am lucky enough to be surrounded by people that share this same passion. There’s never a shortage of inspiration or partners in collaboration. Some of my happiest memories involve big tables covered with food, plenty of wine, and extra chairs pulled up to accommodate all the friends and family. If I can help facilitate these kinds of evenings, well then I’d say this is a great hobby to have. I live in Boise, Idaho with my husband and 2 adorable cats.

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