A simple fall cocktail that's perfect whatever the weather.
1 1/2 oz applejack
1 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
Crab apple, for garnish
Combine Applejack, Cointreau, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake for 5-10 seconds, then strain over ice into a tall glass. Top with sparkling cider and garnish with half a crab apple.
Notes: Laird's isn't the only company that makes applejack, but they've been doing it the longest. Applejack was hugely important to the American colonial economy, and even served as payment for New Jersey road builders! These days though, it's the perfect spirit for fall–cheers!
Image by Svend Lindbaek.