Elaine’s Heirloom Cocktail

Elaine’s Heirloom Cocktail

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PHOTO BY BRIANA BROUGH
PHOTO BY BRIANA BROUGH

Cozy up by the fireplace with a good book and this spiked apple cider by Damon Shattuck of Elaine’s on Franklin. It’s just as good with Rye whiskey, brandy or dark or spiced rum.

1 3⁄4 oz. Basil Hayden’s bourbon

1 oz. homemade cider (recipe below) Star anise for garnishing

Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Add garnish.

Cider

1 gallon apple cider

1⁄4 cup brown sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

6 cloves

1 tsp. fresh ginger, shaved

A pinch or two of fresh ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until the cider reduces to just more than half.

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Jessie is a former Chapel Hill Magazine editor-turned freelance culture writer based in Chapel Hill. She tends to structure her days around a morning cup of coffee and evening glass of wine.