Brandy bottles tend to lie in the back of the liquor cabinet waiting around for the occasional Sidecar or Brandy Alexander. In an effort to use it more often, I put together this drink as a more refreshing twist on an Applejack Rabbit, and it's become a hit with all our friends as patio season rolls around.
The name has a double-meaning, standing for both "Brandy 'N' Apple" and British North America: the long-ago name of Canada, proud of our maple syrup and apples. It's also a nod to brandy's history as the drink of choice back in the days of BNA. Most of our friends jokingly call it a "Sweet Beaver" (our national animal, yes really), and you can feel free to come up with something more Vermont-themed if you're feeling patriotic.
Try using brandy with a deeper flavor, like much of the Spanish stuff, and stick with dry, tart ciders to balance the maple. —Cody Anderson