I am about to make a few assumptions, get ready.
First, if you are reading this then I assume you use the internet (not a safe assumption? your friend printed this post and had it shipped to you via pony express?). B of all, I assume that since you use the internet (the pony express doesn’t exist anymore) you probably have a select few go-to sites that you check out everyday. These sites probably vary from person to person and I am no different. I have a number of websites that I frequent on a daily basis to make sure I am still hip and with the times. I call these sites my “Man Sites”. ( I call them ESPN.) They contain a wide range of content including apparel, funny videos, and gadgets. One of my favorite Man Sites is one that some of you might be familiar with called Gizmodo (sister site to Jezebel for all you ladies).
Gizmodo typically focuses on the latest tech and gadgetry but on every Friday they do a little post towards the end of the work day centered around drinking and happy hour (sounds kinda like Thursday’s here). Now, happy hour at Gizmodo, alot of times, is centered around studies or history of booze but on occasion they offer a recipe. A few weeks ago I saw one recipe that I knew I just had to try. It was a recipe for Apple infused Rye whiskey (I’ve told you how I’m slightly obsessed with Rye these days). Needless to say, I arrived home from work that day with a bag full of granny smith apples and a bottle of whiskey to start the process. (Here I thought he wanted apple pie…)
The recipe was very straight forward.
1. Buy 4 granny smith apples.
2. Cut up said apples into cubes.
3. Place apple cubes in a large seal-able container.
4. Pour an entire bottle of Rye whiskey over the apples.
So wait I did. The recipe suggested that you wait a minimum of 5 days before trying the concoction and that you can wait up to 6 weeks. After 10 days the anticipation was killing me and I had to try it. Like Gizmodo says, the apple infusion does make a smooth whiskey even more smooth but they don’t really get into the taste. I will tell you that this makes your whiskey taste like straight up apples. I happened to really enjoy that but Whit was not so much a fan (I told her to go back to drinking her wine). (A) Don’t tell me what to do and B) Don’t mind if I do. )
After I had my first taste test I knew exactly what cocktail I was going to use it in first. An Apple Cinnamon Manhattan! I used the apple infused Rye and our homemade cinnamon bitters to craft a delicious fall flavored beverage (I know its June but did you honestly expect me to wait 4 months?). I know that this recipe may seem like it takes a while but I promise you if you start this with one of your favorite whiskeys and maybe create the cinnamon bitters at the same time you wont be disappointed.
Again, thanks to Gizmodo for the suggestion!
A kick in the pants.