Perfect for fall, this apple-and-bourbon recipe comes from Jennifer Pittman of Louisville, Kentucky's Proof on Main. It first appeared in our October 2011 issue, along with Rebecca Barry's article Whiskey Rebellion.
Enlarge Image Credit: Todd ColemanMAKES 1 COCKTAIL
INGREDIENTS1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. whole cloves, crushed
1 3″ piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cinnamon stick
3 oz. apple cider
1½ oz. bourbon
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Dried apple slice, to garnish
INSTRUCTIONS1. Boil 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in sugar, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon; let sit for 1 hour. Strain and chill syrup.
2. Mix ¾ oz. ginger syrup, cider, bourbon, and juice in a shaker with ice; shake to chill. Strain into a martini glass; garnish with apple.