Harmony in C

AJ Rathbun was on his way out of the country when I captured him in 2010 and asked him to think about cider cocktails. That’s how new the concept was three years ago – could you make a cocktail using cider? Now it is a given – every mixologist has several up their sleeve. I still enjoy these cocktails and think of them as the harbinger of our cocktail recipes. SC

Ingredients:

Ice cubes

1-1/2 ounces dark rum

3/4 ounces Grand Marnier

1 dash Peychauds bitters

2 ounces chilled Tieton Blend apple cider

Apple slice, for garnish

1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the rum, Grand Marnier, and bitters. Shake well.

2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Top with the Tieton Blend apple cider. Stir briefly and carefully. Garnish with the apple slice.

This drink was created by A.J. Rathbun, author of the award-winning Good Spirits, and 8 other home-entertaining books. See more at www.ajrathbun.com