Welcome to the first cocktail in my Fantasy Cocktail Series: The Firestarter Apple Toddy! I imagined this gold-rimmed goblet sitting pretty atop a fabulous pile of dragon’s gold and shimmering jewels. Fancy a drink, dragon-slayer?
My favorite thing about this cocktail is the hint of warming spice from the ancho chile liqueur. The sweetness of the apple juice and the cinnamon lay a foundation for the heat. Of course, tequila and chile pair wonderfully as well. These flavors are familiar, yet new and exciting when combined together! If you have access to fresh pressed apple cider or have a juice extractor at home, this drink will be even better. If you like it spicy, feel free to kick the chile liqueur up a notch!
Firestarter Apple Toddy
by Laura Lindsay
1.5 oz Don Julio Añejo Tequila
.25 oz Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur
.5 oz cinnamon syrup(see recipe below)
4 oz ‘Simply Apple’ Apple Juice or Fresh Pressed Cider
Glass: Footed Glass or Mug
Method: While heating apple juice to a simmer, pour all other ingredients into glass. Just before serving, top with hot apple cider.
Garnish: Apple slice & freshly grated nutmeg
Additional Notes: Depending on the size of the dragon you’re slaying, you might want to make this a double.