a december cocktail

December 12, 2013


Every year Matthew and I host a little holiday party. It’s something that we look forward to all month long {ok, all year long!} because it’s a chance to celebrate with our friends. Usually it’s the last time we’ll all get together before the new year since many of our friends go out of town for the holidays. Having a signature drink is always key for any party and this year our strong contender is this Spiced Apple Martini recipe. My Dad has made it for us during past Decembers, and it’s always a huge hit. It feels very seasonal with the apple and cinnamon flavors, and the star anise is the perfect touch. I also kind of love drinking out of a martini glass. I always get scared I’m going to spill but it’s just so fun and sophisticated!

Spiced Apple Martini 
makes 1 drink

1 lemon wedge
2 Tbsp cinnamon sugar for rim
1 1/2 oz Laird’s applejack, or other apple brandy
1 1/2 oz natural or unsweetened apple cider
1/2 oz pommeau (French apple apertif)
1/2 oz creme de cassis
1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1 star anise pod

Run lemon wedge around the rim of a chilled martini glass. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on small plate and twist martini glass rim on top. Cinnamon sugar will stick to lemon juice.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the applejack, apple cider, pommeau, creme de cassis, and lemon juice. Shake vigourosly and strain into martini glass. Garnish with star anise and serve.

If you’re in LA, come stop by the Kate Spade store at SANTA MONICA PLACE tonight from 6-8pm! There will be drinks, snacks, and a 25% off promotion! I’ll also be sharing some styling tips for the holidays! Would love to see you there!
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