Three Bites of the Apple

Lynnette Marrero, Wonderbar | Beacon, New York

“I just wanted to celebrate fall in the Hudson Valley,” Marrero says of this autumnal riff on the Old-Fashioned. Drawing on the many farms in the area, a housemade apple cider–sherry syrup frames the fruit and cinnamon spice notes in the bourbon. A touch of bitters made by local purveyor Dutch’s “brings it all together.”

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
  • ½ ounce apple cider–sherry syrup (see Editor’s Note)
  • 2 dashes Dutch’s Colonial Bitters

Garnish: apple fan (3 apple slices)

Directions
  1. In a mixing glass, stir all ingredients with ice.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  3. Garnish with apple fan.
Editor's Note

Apple Cider–Sherry Syrup
Combine 1 cup fresh apple cider (Marrero uses Fishkill Farms) and ½ cup cane sugar in a pot. Bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low, and continue to simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. The mixture should reduce slightly in volume. Stir in 1 tablespoon oloroso sherry and remove from heat. When cool, transfer to a jar with a cover. Keeps, refrigerated, for up to 1 month.