Apple Crisp Cocktail From Union Square Cafe

Serving 1 people

105 min


  • apple 1 ounce Laird's 100 proof apple brandy (not Applejack)
  • bourbon 1/2 ounce Cardamom-Infused bourbon
  • club soda 1 cup bourbon, such as Buffalo Trace
  • green cardamom pods Club soda
  • honey 1/4 cup green cardamom pods
  • lemon 3/4 ounce honey syrup (see note above)
  • lemon juice Garnish: lemon twist
  • 3/4 ounce fresh juice from 1 lemon
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How to make it

  1. Place ¼ cup cardamom pods in a resealable jar. Crush with a wooden spoon to crack about half the pods (this can also be done in a mortar and pestle.) Top with 1 cup bourbon, shake, infuse for 1 1/2 hours at room temperature. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, discard solids, and re-bottle bourbon.
  2. To make the cocktail: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Add apple brandy, cardamom-infused bourbon, lemon juice, and honey syrup. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.
  4. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with soda and garnish with lemon twist.