Autumn is my favorite season, with pumpkin patches, duck season, and apple orchards. Living on the Texas coast makes fall weather a bit harder to come by, but this cocktail helps bring it closer. For autumn recipes, I love combining typically savory herbs like rosemary with sweet flavors like apple. Making rosemary simple syrup is so easy, keeps for weeks, and can be used in iced tea, over ice cream, or autumn fruits and cocktails like this one.
For this cocktail we suggest using Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon. It's a small-batch whiskey made by three friends in Houston, Texas. Aged in American oak barrels, this Texas bourbon is slightly sweet and rich with caramel and vanilla flavor.
The apple juice used is very important. We used a pressed apple juice with an uncommon cloudiness. Unfiltered apple juice is healthy and flavorful, and contains more antioxidants than the clear variety due to the skin and pulpy bits left in the bottle. This one is made from whole apples, not concentrate, and lends to a stronger, richer apple flavor. An Orchard Cocktail a day keeps the doctor away.
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