I’ve been working on this one in my mind ever since I started the Eris’ Kiss. This is a drink so delectable that girls won’t want to put it down, or alternately a drink that makes you want to kill the prince of troy.
1 oz Brandy
1 oz Honey Syrup
1 oz Hard Apple Cider
Splash of Lemon Juice
Muddle Raspberries, add brandy, syrup, lemon juice and cider. Shake over ice, strain into glass.
Garnish with twist of lemon peel, lemon wedge or maraschino cherry.
For this version I used Morning Dew brandy from the Mcmenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse distillery. This is a grape brandy using Pinot Noir grapes. Lots of flavor, not too expensive and with a good character. I’m also using Crispin Honey Crisp cider, this is a cloudy cider with not a lot of fizz and not too dry. The main reason I wanted this cider is that they use organic honey in the cider which will pair nicely with some of the other ingredients.
For those asking, what is honey syrup I promise a full rundown on more magical syrups in an upcoming post.
Some initial runs with this I used a pear cider from the McMenamins Edgefield. It came off very well but the pear was front and center and didn’t give the other ingredients a lot of time in the spotlight. I want to repeat this again using some clear creek Apple Brandy. Preferably the 8 year but the 2 year aged if I have to settle.
So a word about flavor in this drink. This wants to be cold. Once you let it warm up the flavors marry and you’re drinking lumpy brandy. Ice your glass in the freezer beforehand or put some ice and cold water into it while you make the drink. Shake really well and serve it quick. You’ll get some nice high and low flavors from the brandy and a little kick from the cider. Little bitter notes from the cider and then the honey sweetness followed by a slight tartness from the berries. You shouldn’t get any flavor from the lemon if you did it right but that acid will keep the sweetness from overpowering.
No matter how hard you strain you’re going to get seeds in it. Live with that, you’re using raspberries. This is a light drink, if you’re using a dry cider you’re going to get a bit of pucker on the top of the mouth. If you don’t like that look for a sweeter cider.
Choosing the right cider and brandy for this drink is essential. You don’t need something expensive but know your ingredients before you settle into the shaker with them.