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
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
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
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.