I'm so excited to share a recipe from my friend Kristy Gardner's brand spanking new book called Cooking with Cocktails. This cookbook gives the phrase "happy hour" a whole new meaning because every recipe is made with wine, beer, or spirits, and that is A OK with me! I couldn't imagine that any of you would disagree. As I was looking over the book, the Cinnamon Apple Whiskey Sour caught my eye. It's been rather cold and snowy here and there's no better cure for the winter blues than some warm spices, sweet fresh apples, and a bottle of bourbon.
Her recipe doesn't call for egg whites but rather includes a "Tipsy Tip" to add them if you're feeling adventurous. We're adventurous here, and I love a good traditional sour with that delightful froth on top! I played around with the recipe and adapted it to my own taste. Kristy encouranges you to break the rules and be inventive in the kitchen, as do I, so let's "pop the cork and see what happens!"
Cinnamon Apple Whiskey Sour, serves one
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 apple, cored and thinly sliced
White of one egg
2 oz. bourbon (I used Wild Turkey)
3/4 oz. simple syrup
3/4 oz. lemon juice
Dash of angostura bitters
Dry apple cider to top
Prepare your simple syrup (1:1) and your cinnamon sugar and set aside. Crack your egg and seperate it, dumping it into the larger side of your shaker tin. When you're making drinks with dairy or egg white, you want to keep them seperate from your citrus until the moment you are ready to shake.
In the smaller side of your shaker tin add the bourbon, simple syrup, lemon, and angostura bitters. Add the smaller tin to the larger tin and dry shake to incorporate the egg into the rest of the ingredients. Open your tin, add ice, and shake again. Strain into the glassware of your choice. Top with apple cider. Take your apple slices and dip them into the cinnamon sugar mixture and spear with rosemary as the garnish for your drink.
Hope you enjoy this delicious variation on the classic whiskey sour. Make sure you grab your own copy of Cooking with Cocktails to try more recipes just like this one. Kristy also blogs over at She Eats, so check her out over there as well for more ideas about making fresh, seasonal and locally sourced meals and drinks.