As summer rolls on, so do my random cocktail creations. This one was borne out of having too many bottles of Jack Daniels in the house. How can anyone have too many bottles of JD? You may ask but… it is possible. We like bourbon, but only occasionally indulge in it outside of our trips to Nashville and Memphis.
This is a pretty simple cocktail at it’s core: bourbon, cider and mixer to make it a long drink. One to drink with friends whilst sat in the garden, putting together an cheap limbo set. Or to ease the pain of assembling countless paper decorations for centrepieces (I’ve done both!).
There was no direct piece of inspiration for this. The first time I made it, it was after I’d added some JD to a chilli and left the bottle on the counter absolutely months ago. We’re talking 2015 here. I opened a bottle of cider, took a swig and it was not a nice one. It’d come from some variety multi-pack I won’t name but… yeah. I didn’t like it.
But when does something like that deter someone like me?
It was too dry, so I added lemonade to sweeten.
There was bourbon on the counter, so I sloshed a bit of that in to round things off. Hey presto! My first Jack Daniels & cider cocktail was alive! From there, it was just a small hop and short step to fine-tuning the amounts (“slosh” is great for making things at home, but I thought ya’ll might prefer something a bit more exact!)
No dried apple? No problem!
The dried apple is there more like a cheeky snack than anything else, to be honest. Totally optional but also a very nice little nibble if you have some around.
Jack & Apple Cider Cocktail
- 50 ml Jack Daniels
- ½ cup apple cider 120ml
- 1 cup lemonade 240ml
- handful of ice
- dried apple to decorate
- Mix together the ice, Jack Daniels and cider in a tall glass.
- Pour the lemonade over - done!
- Serve with a slice of dried apple if you're feeling fancy (and want a snack).