New Britain 1843

October 21, 2014

Author Notes: A simple, seasonal recipe using applejack and maple syrup. The chilled glass harks back to the original distillation process for applejack during colonial times: when the weather turned cold, hard cider was left outdoors overnight. In the morning after scraping off the ice, what remained was a high proof spirit. This method of concentrating alcohol was called “jacking.”Hi, I'm Brian.

Makes: 1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces Applejack, preferably Laird's
  • 2 dashes Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters
  • 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup
  • 1 Lemon Peel
  • Ice
In This Recipe


  1. Squeeze the lemon peel into the bottom of a thoroughly chilled rocks glass and set aside.
  2. Stir together applejack, maple syrup, and bitters with ice.
  3. Strain into chilled glass.

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