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
ounce freshly squeezed juice from an orange, Cara Cara orange, blood orange, or tangerine
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.
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