Happy Cocktail Friday! The first Friday of fall most definitely calls for this Harvest Apple Gin-ger big batch cocktail. I’ve tested this one out with my friends a few times already – first we tried it out with a whole slew of liquors like bourbon, rum, rye, and vodka (not all at the same time, obvi). But eventually we settled on GIN as the clear winner! Riddle me surprised. Something about the botanicals in gin really worked here, and I think the Rabbit Hole Distillery Bespoke Gin I used was an absolute perfect fit since it’s finished in rye whiskey barrels. That finishing process mellows out the gin and adds a little bit of sweetness that is just right for this cocktail.
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Big Batch Cocktails: Harvest Apple Gin-ger
- 32 oz apple cider
- 18 oz Fever Tree Refreshingly Light Ginger Beer
- 15 oz Rabbit Hole Bespoke Gin (see notes)
- 5 oz fresh lemon juice
- 4 oz thyme and cinnamon infused simple syrup (recipe in notes)
- 1 small blood orange, sliced
- 4 cinnamon sticks (plus more for simple syrup)
- 4-6 sprigs fresh thyme, for serving (plus more for simple syrup)
Add all ingredients except gin and thyme to a tall pitcher. Refrigerate overnight to help develop the best flavor.
Before serving, add gin and stir well. Serve over ice, garnished with fresh thyme sprigs, cinnamon sticks, and apple and blood orange slices.
- Thyme and cinnamon infused simple syrup: Add 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup water to a small pot. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and add 2 cinnamon sticks and 2-3 thyme sprigs. Cover and steep for 10-15 minutes, then set aside to cool.
For my macro trackers out there, I wasn’t able to create a My Fitness Pal barcode for this recipe since I would have had to decide for you whether to put the alcohol calories in as carbs or fats – that’s up to you! The 20 grams of carbs listed here are just for the carbs/sugar in the apple cider, simple syrup, lemon juice, and ginger beer. For my non-macro trackers, here’s more info on what I’m talking about.