Apple Ginger Simple Syrup Recipe

To make an apple ginger simple syrup you actually have to make 2 syrups and then combine them.

Ginger Syrup
First let’s start with the ginger syrup. Grate and peel 2-3 large pieces of ginger. I know, I didn’t want to peel them at first either but trust me, it pays off. Then start 3 cups of water boiling. Once boiling, mix in 2 cups of dark brown sugar. Once the sugar is absorbed, add the ginger and boil about another 3 minutes. Set aside and move on to the next part.

Apple Syrup
Find an apple cider that you really like. Put 4 cups of it in a pan and bring to a boil. Add 1 cup of brown sugar to the cider and continue to boil until the sugar is gone and there’s only about 2.5 cups of cider left. Cool to room temp.

Now that both syrups are done it’s time to mix. Combine both syrups in a bottle (an old booze bottle will do), shake and enjoy.

We really enjoyed this with bourbon, rye, rum and vodka. You can create an apple mule with this recipe or an apple presbyterian.

El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve Rum

El Dorado 21 Year Old Rum Special Reserve

Tonight’s a special occasion. No, it’s not a holiday…Nope, not a birthday. What’s happening? I just opened up a bottle of El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve Rum. What’s a more special occasion than that? Not much in my opinion. So, here we go.

While it looks almost the exact same as the 12 and 15 year old rums from El Dorado, this one is just ever so slightly different with a 21 on the front. Oh those folks in marketing and branding spent weeks on this detail.

The El Dorado 21 is from Guyana and uses a special recipe blend of hand selected rums, oak aged for AT LEAST 21 years in bourbon barrels and distilled from fermented molasses.

Opening the bottle, plastic cap with a cork stopper, you could smell summer. Pouring it into the snifter hints of vanilla, oak and brown spices hit the air as the deep copper/bronze colored liquid hits the glass. Now, time for the real test… the taste. Mmmmm. Ok, let’s give a little better description, how’s this? Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! OK, just playing with you. I really do like it a lot though. Silky and velvety. Smells sweet like vanilla and cream with a tad of spice but truthfully, there is a lot of complexity that just can not be described, at least not by me. The flavor is strong yet very smooth with a caramel/oak taste. At first you get a little burn but you don’t mind, it’s a good burn that you kinda feel bad for liking but you do anyway. It finishes smoothly with a hint of citrus and smokiness. Nice!

I’ve always been happy with El Dorado’s 15 year old rum, now, I have to spend a little more for the 21 year old. The price in the Nashville area was around $50 but I have seen it elsewhere for as high as $100 which makes me feel good about being in Nashville. If you see it out, grab one, it’s worth the price!

Tried it before? What did you think?

Christmas Mule

Cocktail Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Cranberry Rum
Top with Ginger Beer
Lime wedge
Fresh cranberries

Pour cranberry rum into a collins glass, fill with ginger beer, stir and garnish with lime wedge and cranberries.

Vampire’s Bite

Cocktail Ingredients:
1.5 oz. blueberry/pomegranate vodka
2 oz. lemonade
1 oz. pomegranate juice
lime juice

Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a lime and enjoy your favorite vampire movie or show.

Ginger & Cilantro Mule

Cocktail Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Anejo tequila
1 oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger liqueur
1 tsp. Agave
1/2 oz. lime juice
2 tsp. ginger simple syrup
Ginger root
Ginger Ale

Muddle cilantro, ginger root and simple syrup in glass. mix all ingredients except ginger ale in a Boston shaker. Strain into an old fashioned glass and top with ginger ale and garnish with a lime wedge.

Beer & Cilantro

Cocktail Ingredients:
2 oz. Anejo tequila
1 oz. lime juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
Fresh cilantro
1 bottle Mexican beer

In a tall glass muddle cilantro, lime and simple syrup. Mix all ingredients except the beer in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in glass and top with beer.

Kiwi – Cilantro Mojito

Cocktail Ingredients:
4 sprigs of cilantro
4 mint leaves
1/4 lime
1 peeled and halved kiwi
1/2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tbsp. water
2 oz. rum
club soda

Muddle kiwi, cilantro and mint together. Add rum and ice then fill with club soda. Garnish with lime.

Cilantro-Mango Margarita

Cocktail Ingredients:
3 slices fresh, ripe mango
Pinch of ground chili pepper
2 slices fresh lime
4 sprigs of cilantro
Crushed ice
1.5 oz tequila
Splash orange juice

Muddle mango, chili pepper, cilantro and lime together then add tequila. Shake and serve with a lime garnish.

Irish Ale Cocktail

The Irish version of a Moscow Mule:

Cocktail Ingredients:
2 oz. Irish Whiskey
3 lime wedges
3 oz. Ginger Beer

In a highball glass pour Irish Whiskey over ice, squeeze lime and top with ginger beer.

Green Dublin Apple Cocktail

Cocktail Ingredients:
2 oz Irish whiskey
1 oz sour apple schnapps
2 oz white cranberry juice

Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a fresh apple slice.