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Cocktail of the Month


Serves 2


  • 8 ounces (1 cup) Honeycrisp apple cider
  • 6 whole allspice
  • 2 (2-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 8 ounces spicy ginger beer
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) gin (such as Beefeater)
  • 1/3 ounce (2 tsp.) apple cider vinegar
  • Garnish: thin slices of Honeycrisp apple and cinnamon sticks

How to Make It

  1. Combine apple cider, allspice, 2 cinnamon sticks, and star anise pod in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium. Simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer to a glass bowl or jar with a lid, and cool completely. Cover and chill 24 hours.

  2. Pour cider mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into an ice-filled cocktail shaker; discard solids. Gently pour 4 oz. spicy ginger beer into each of 2 chilled, ice-filled copper mugs. Add gin and vinegar to cider mixture in cocktail shaker; shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain evenly into copper mugs; garnish each with thin slices of Honeycrisp apple and a cinnamon stick.