Last month I was visiting Atlanta for a wedding. The day after the wedding I went to check out a restaurant called King and Duke, based off a friend’s recommendation. In true Southern style, I ordered all the sides and a whiskey cocktail. I was very impressed with the collard greens and the roasted carrots on goat cheese, but the absolute stand out was this whiskey cocktail with apple cider. I hesitated to order it at first because I was afraid it may have been too apple forward, but to my surprise it was absolute fall perfection. The waitress could tell my enthusiasm and offered to get me the recipe from the bartender. A few minutes later she returned with a handwritten recipe that read “A Rose for Emily.”
Thanks to King and Duke, I now have the perfect fall and holiday cocktail for entertaining. This is a great recipe to pre-batch as well. Just mix the ingredients together minus the ice and store in a mason jar or sealed pitcher for the evening and pour as needed. But fair warning, this cocktail is so deliciously balanced you may just forget you are drinking whiskey!
Apple Cider Whiskey Sour
Makes 1 cocktail.
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce boiled apple cider
- 3/4 ounce Averna Amaro
- 1 1/2 ounce bourbon of your choice
- optional spritz of salt water
- large ice cubes
First make the salt water. Bring water to a boil and pour it over a mug with some salt in it. The mixture should be 50% salt to water. Once chilled enough, pour salt mixture into a spritzer bottle. Set aside as the salt water spritz will be the finishing touch. You can also disregard the salt water aspect of the cocktail, as it is a added element.
To assemble the cocktail pour the lemon juice, apple cider, Averna and bourbon into a shaker with ice. Stir well. Then pour over a large rock in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon. (To make a lemon twist, simply use a carrot grater and peel part of the lemon off, and then twist it and drop it in the glass.)