The Harvest Apple Ginger Spritz is the definition of a bubbly, refreshing treat! What makes this cocktail so special is the way the ingredients complement each other. The apple brandy and cider create a sweet, fruity base, and the ginger beer adds spice and fizz. The garnish brings in a hint of herbal sweetness, rounding off the presentation of this drink in an eye-catching way.
Let me walk you through it all!
First things first, the glass. We’re using a stem glass here – think of something like a wine glass. It’s elegance makes it the perfect choice for both showcasing the drink and enhancing its aromas. This cocktail is built directly in the glass, which means no fancy bar tools needed. You start by filling the glass with ice. The ice not only chills the drink but dilutes it slightly, balancing the flavors.
Now, for the first star ingredient: apple brandy. This clearly isn’t your average brandy; it has a rich, deep apple flavor that’s both sweet and slightly tart, reminiscent of a crisp autumn apple. When you pour it over the ice, its aroma starts to mingle in the air. Next, we add apple cider, this is not to be mistaken for apple juice! It’s fresher, less processed, and has a more complex flavor profile – think of a balance between sweetness, acidity, and a touch of earthiness. It pairs effortlessly with the apple brandy, enhancing that apple flavor without overpowering it.
Then comes the ginger beer. When you top off the drink with ginger beer, it adds a fizzy, spicy kick that contrasts with the sweetness of the apple components.
Last, but certainly not least, the garnish – a slice of candied ginger and a sprig of rosemary. The candied ginger is sweet yet spicy, adding another layer of ginger flavor, while the rosemary brings a subtle, herby aroma that complements the apple and ginger beautifully. Plus, it looks gorgeous in the glass.
Step 1: Fill a glass with ice. Add apple brandy and sparkling apple cider.
Step 2: Top with a splash of ginger beer.
Step 3: Garnish with a candied ginger and rosemary.
So, next time you’re looking for a drink that’s a bit out of the ordinary but utterly delicious, give the Harvest Apple Ginger Spritz a try. It’s easy to make, delightful to sip, and perfect for those chill snuggly evenings. Cheers!