If you like maple, apples, & vodka – then a Ghoulish Cider Cocktail is a perfect addition to your Halloween festivities. It is sweet and can be served as a dessert martini if you choose. One key substitution you can make, is substituting maple syrup for simple syrup – it depends on your personal preference. I actually used an agave and maple syrup blend, which you can find at Trader Joe’s, and it worked very well. I also used no sugar added apple cider – again, you can choose to use sweetened or unsweetened apple cider. This cocktail is easy to drink, but one is probably sufficient, since it is on the sweeter side.
(Makes 1 Cocktail)
Fine black sanding sugar
1 lady or gala apple, chopped
½ lime, cut into wedges
½ - 1 oz of maple syrup (sweeten depending on your preference)
1 oz apple cider
2 oz vodka
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with water. Place sanding sugar in a saucer and dip rim of a glass in sanding sugar to coat; set aside.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle together apple cubes and lime wedges. Add syrup, cider, and vodka; fill with ice. Cover and shake until well combined. Strain into prepared martini glass; top with club soda.
You can choose to substitute maple syrup for simple syrup, if you are not a fan of maple.
If you choose to have a Halloween cocktail party, I have some great music suggestions for your ghoulish soiree:
1) I Put A Spell On You - Nina Simone
2) Hell - The Squirrel Nut Zippers
3) Alfred Hitchcock Theme Song
4) Love Potion #9 - The Searchers
5) Superstition - Stevie Wonder
A Recipe to Remember?
Yes, this is a tasty drink and a perfect addition to a festive evening.