Apple of My Rye Whiskey Cocktail

While I do enjoy a creative cocktail, I would rather swallow a lightbulb than go to some hipster ~speakeasy~ where a snobby "mixologist" in a suspenders judges my order. You know what I'm talking about. 

I love this whiskey cocktail because it gives the prohibition era vibes that are hip right now but you can make it in your home and avoid the aforementioned situation. If I had to describe it in two words, I would say it's "smoldering" and "rustic." I know, I sound like a total asshole, but give it a taste and you'll see what I mean.

 

Let's make it!

 

INGREDIENTS (MAKES ONE WHISKEY COCKTAIL):

    • 2 oz. rye whiskey
    • 2 tablespoons rosemary simple syrup, for this you need:
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 1 cup water
      • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • Sparkling apple soda
    • Dash of bitters
    • Garnish options: rosemary sprigs, lemon wedge, slice of apple
    • Optional: whiskey stones

DIRECTIONS:

    1. Let's start by making the rosemary simple syrup. Simple syrup itself is super simpleto make. You just take equal parts sugar and water and boil in a saucepan until the sugar is dissolved. For this recipe, once the sugar is dissolved, mix in three sprigs of fresh rosemary. I like to give the sprigs a little mash to make sure they really coat the mixture. Put the syrup to the side and let it cool. 
    2. Once the syrup is cooled, add about two tablespoons to a cocktail class, along with two ounces of the rye whiskey and two tablespoons of lemon juice. Give it a good stir. Keep the rest of the simple syrup in a covered container in the refrigerator for later use. Or to drink straight if that's how you roll.
    3. Fill the glass with ice or whiskey stones. Top off the cocktail with the apple soda and a dash of bitters. It looks cool to let the bitters float at the top but I personally prefer mixing it in. Do whatever your heart desires.
    4. Garnish your whiskey cocktail.

    

CHEERS!

 

    

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