We get a lot of questions about which beverages to pair with our favorite Thanksgiving dishes, and our answer is often some form of bubbly. Not only does the effervescence feel fun and festive for a celebratory toast, it also lifts richer flavors off the palate, meaning it’s an ideal match for holiday fare. This year, surprise your guests with this sparkling hard apple cider cocktail—and be sure to stock up on a few extra bottles for yourself! We suggest a dry style of cider so you can control the amount of sweetness in your cocktail. A rosemary simple syrup adds comforting herbal notes and balances out the spice from rye whiskey. Chef tip: This would be perfect for a Thanksgiving-themed brunch!
Rye-Cider Sparkler with Rosemary
1½ ounces rye whiskey
1½ ounces rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)
4 ounces sparkling hard apple cider (we recommend a dry style)
1 sprig fresh rosemary, for garnish (optional)
1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine rye whiskey and rosemary simple syrup. Shake vigorously until well-chilled and thoroughly combined.
2. Strain over a large rocks glass. Add cider and gently stir to combine. Garnish with rosemary sprig. Cheers!
Rosemary Simple Syrup
(Makes 12 ounces)
⅛ ounce fresh rosemary
1 large piece cheesecloth and kitchen twine
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1. Place whole rosemary sprigs on a large piece of cheesecloth. Bring edges of cheesecloth together and tie with kitchen twine to form a sealed pouch.
2. In a medium pot, stir together sugar and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-high. Add pouch with rosemary; simmer, whisking occasionally until sugar is dissolved and flavors have melded 2-3 minutes. Remove pot from heat.
3. Let rosemary simple syrup cool, 10-15 minutes, then remove and discard pouch with rosemary. Transfer to an airtight container and store in refrigerator until ready to use, up to 1 month.
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