Cocktails + The Comrade General: “American Pie” Whiskey Spiked Apple Cider

If the comforting combination of whiskey and apple pie flavor doesn’t scream “Murica!”, than I honestly don’t know what does. In an age where sex, scandal, and the political circus (or freak-show, whatever you prefer) has taken over the forefront of American society – do yourself a favor and pour yourself a good ol’ fashioned American drink. If there is anything that America has ever gotten right, it would be whiskey. It just makes everything better. Whiskey perfectly encapsulates/embodies the American spirit – whiskey is like that Southern gentleman with a smooth, seductive drawl, wicked wit, and a penchant for the finer things in life. Serve this cozy concoction in a 1930’s crystal coupe with a  pretty orange twist for when you feel fancy, or go the rustic route and sip this out of a classic enamelware camping mug with a stick of cinnamon for garnish. Either way, relish that all too fleeting feeling that at one time, America got something right.

“American Pie” Whiskey Spiked Apple Cider

1.5 oz. Bulleit Whiskey (or your choice)
5 oz. Fresh Pressed Apple Ginger Juice
1 Orange Rind
A Squeeze of Orange
Orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau)
Cinnamon Sticks
Whole Cloves
Powdered Pumpkin Pie Spice
You can either make the spiced apple cider yourself, or you can buy your choice of ready-made apple cider if you want to go the faster route. The benefit of making your own is that obviously you have control over which spices dominate. Heat apple cider (if making your own add spices). Remove from heat and add whiskey. Garnish with Mexican cinnamon stick and an orange twist.
The Comrade General

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