Smokey White Bourbon Spritz

This cocktail is a such a flavorful, smokey, comforting, warming drink to enjoy any season! To me, this cocktail screams fall time or cooler weather though with all the warming flavors and ingredients added with a splash of freshness! It’s super light and refreshing and looks absolutely beautiful. It is definitely a crowd pleaser, but for me personally, I like to treat myself and this is definitely a wonderful treat after a long week… or Monday… If you are making this cocktail for a party, it is so easy to mix up ahead of time so all you need to do is pour over ice & garnish, then down the hatch. I hope you all enjoy! Cheers!

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a heavy hand and I never measure when making cocktails…like ever. What fun would that be, anyways? So instead of ounces, cups, shots, etc… I’m just going to give you guys a general ratio and you can play around with the recipe if you like more or less of any of the ingredients!

Ingredients:

-Bulleit Bourbon

-White Wine (use your favorite, but something too sweet might not taste right…I like a dry Sauvignon Blanc for this)

-Club Soda/Plain Seltzer

-Freshly squeezed lime juice

-Apple butter

-Fresh Rosemary sprigs

-Cinnamon Sticks

Directions:

-Lets talk about apple butter… I’m sure they sell this at the store, but I make my own and it’s so easy! Cook down a mixture of apples (Wash, de-seed and quarter) I use the skins in my recipe, so no need to peel! Also, use what you like, but try to get a balance of sweet and tart. Cook down in large pot with a little bit of water on the bottom, until the flesh is cooked all the way down and the skins are super soft (45 minutes or so?). Keep an eye on them and mix every so often. I then use my immersion blender (or use a regular blender) to blend it all together until completely smooth and thick, then cook another 20 minutes until reduced and it has deepened in color. Let it cool in the fridge and it’s ready!

-Now, on to the cocktail. Start by preparing your charred rosemary and cinnamon. SO easy. Simply take your lighter and hold it at the end of your cinnamon stick until it starts to smoke (like 20 seconds or so?). With your rosemary you’ll want to move the lighter all around your rosemary until you can start to smell the rosemary and it gets slightly browned in some spots. I like to keep some of the green color.

Now to assemble!

-In your glass, fill up all the way with ice

-Fill 1/3 of the way up with Bourbon

-Put in another 1/3 portion of your white wine

-Top off (almost) your remaining 1/3 portion with your glass with club soda/seltzer (save room for a few more little ingredients, leave like 1/2″ at the top)

-In a shaker, add in a heaping spoonful of your apple butter, a sprig of your charred rosemary, 1/4 – 1/2 of a fresh lime, juiced, and your icey cocktail mixture

-Shake what your momma gave you, and pour it back into your glass

-Top with your cinnamon stick with the charred side facing up out of the glass. *The fresh cinnamon will infuse your cocktail adding a wonderful spiced flavor, while the smokey cinnamon-y smell you get with each sip compliments the taste of the bourbon really well!*

From my happy & healthy & THIRSTY belly to yours,

Kate

Published by katesdirtyapron

Hi, folks! I'm Kate. I'm a home cook who has been inspired by generations of women who have provided quality and comforting dishes to our family since before I can remember. I am fortunate enough to come from a family of creative and talented women who can all cook like there's no tomorrow! Growing up in so many fantastic kitchens brought me to appreciate not only good-tasting food, but all the complexities of it as well. From texture, to color, to spices and unique flavors, to freshness and appreciation for home-grown and locally farmed produce, I have learned you can’t go wrong with making food that’s simple and colorful. I’m excited to share with you my creative creations inspired by my passion for wholesome foods that nourish the mind, body and soul. Let my yummy recipes inspire you to get your hands, counters, floors, and of course your aprons dirty! I make healthy, yet comforting recipes that are sure to satisfy any salty, sweet, or crunchy craving you may have. Let’s put on our favorite aprons, and get out our stain sticks friends. It’s time to cook!

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