I recently got to meet the guys from Hella Bitter and imbibed some of their cocktails as well. I hope to feature them on the blog in a more in-depth way sometime soon, but for now I asked them what we should be drinking this fall and they happily obliged with this recipe. Just in time for the weekend.
Red Jacket Old-Fashioned
- 2 ounces rye
- 1/2 ounce boiled cider*
- 2 dashes Hella Bitter Aromatic
- 1 dash Hella Bitter Citrus
- Orange peel garnish
In rocks glass combine rye, boiled cider and bitters. Stir gently. Add ice 3/4 up glass. Stir gently for about 8 seconds. Garnish with thick orange peel.
- Basic recipe for boiled cider
- Ingredients: 1 gallon cider
In a heavy-bottomed pot bring cider to boil—cook uncovered for 4 to 5 hours stirring occasionally. It will start to thicken in the last hour, and at this point you’ll have to stir it a little more so it doesn’t burn. It’s done when it coats the back of a spoon. If you don’t have time to make it, you can order it online. Morris Kitchen makes a spiced apple syrup that’s an acceptable replacement.