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To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Nov 3, 2011

Spiced Apple Cider Manhattan

This time of year, the Lush Chef always has a big jug of cider in the fridge.  I drink it cold with breakfast, hot at night while I'm watching TV or added to my cocktails.  Ever since I got a nice big bottle of Bols Barrel Aged Genever, I've been playing around with different recipes.  I decided to do a fall twist on their Manhattan by adding some of Trader Joe's Spiced Apple Cider.  You can obviously use regular cider, but I wanted this cocktail to have a spiced kick and it went perfectly with the sweet and herbal Genever.

Spiced Apple Cider Manhattan - makes 1
  • 2 oz Bols Barrel Aged Genever
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 1/2 oz spiced apple cider
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 cocktail cherry (I used one of my yummy Brandied Cocktail Cherries)
  • 1/2 or whole piece of star anise

- Add the genever, vermouth, apple cider and bitters in a mixing glass with ice.
- Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass that has your cherry in the bottom.
- Garnish with the star anise.


Anonymous said...

Gin & Juice. I can dig it.

The Lush Chef said...

Mom would say that you're getting your fruit!

Alisa said...

looks fantastic