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Author Notes: This recipe was created by Niah Bystrom, bar manager of Essex.
To make what is called "rich" simple syrup, combine 2 parts sugar and 1 part water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring regularly, until the sugar is fully dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, and chill thoroughly before using. - MollyandBrandon
- Laphroaig Scotch, for rinsing
- 1 1/2 ounce Applejack
- 3/4 ounces freshly squeezed juice from an orange, Cara Cara orange, blood orange, or tangerine
- 1/2 ounce rich simple syrup (2:1 sugar to water)
- Chilled hard cider, such as Tieton, Anthem, or Strongbow
- Thinly sliced lemon, for garnishing
- Pour a small amount -- maybe a scant teaspoon -- of Laphroig into a Champagne flute or coupe. Swirl the glass to evenly coat. In a cocktail shaker, combine Applejack, orange juice, and rich simple syrup. Add ice, and shake well. Strain into the prepared glass; then top up with cider. Garnish with a slice of lemon, and serve immediately.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!