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APPLE AND SAGE OLD FASHIONED

From Michael Deitsch, ADashofBitters.com

I chose apple brandy and sage leaves for this variation on a classic cocktail to provide a fresh twist on a traditional fall dish: apple-sage stuffing. A round of these before Thanksgiving dinner should please your guests.

2 ounces Calvados apple brandy
½ ounce sage simple syrup (recipe follows)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Apple slice, for garnish

Fill an Old Fashioned glass (or rocks glass) with ice. Add brandy, simple syrup and bitters. Stir well. Add garnish.

Makes one drink.

Sage Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup fresh sage leaves

Add sugar and water to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. When sugar dissolves, remove from heat. Add sage leaves and stir. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a jar (discard sage leaves) and refrigerate.Will keep for one month.


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