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Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of applejack now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has a recommendation for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference:
Russell Davis recommends Harvest Spirits' Cornelius Applejack. Made from 100% home-grown apples, they distill their cider twice in small batches, resulting in a sweet distinctive spirit, both smooth and warming. Aged for 2 years in 50-gallon ex-bourbon casks, then finished in 15-gallon quarter casks for additional color and barrel flavor. This applejack is more like bourbon than brandy and is a great choice if you're looking for something new yet classic.
Watson Barry suggests Arkansas Black Straight Applejack. It's made from over 25 pounds of apples per bottle, and comes in at 49% ABV, making it an excellent candidate for cocktails. On the nose, it is full of baked apple; the palate mirrors this with an initial sweetness on the midpalate, before finishing with a balanced bitterness and warming spice. It is an intriguing sip from start to finish. Try subbing it into your favorite whiskey cocktails, you won't be disappointed.
Christy Pope recommends Laird's Straight Applejack 86. It takes 17 pounds of apples to make each bottle, so it's rich in apple flavor and aroma. This "cyder spirit" has been made by the Laird family (currently in its ninth generation) since 1780 (it's America's very first licensed distillery). This is an exceptional spirit, she says, in that it's both light and weighty and appeals to vodka and whiskey drinkers alike.
Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 24 oz of applejack; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.
Recommended barware: A couple jiggers that measure 1 and 2 oz, as well as a strainer, shaker, bar spoon, mixing glass, torch or long matches, large ice cube mold, fine strainer, and citrus reamer or juicer. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: Rocks glass, coupe, and mug
Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 3 pounds of ice (3 ice trays’ worth).
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