Spiced Apple Gin Cocktail

Apple puree, gin, cloves and rosemary give this cocktail a taste of autumn. With woody sweet spices, refreshing apple, a zing of lemon and of course a kick of gin. This very British cocktail is perfect for when the leaves start to turn brown and apples are in abundance.

For 1 cocktail

40ml gin

40ml apple purée (see below)

20ml spiced syrup

20ml lemon juice

Soda water

1 sprig rosemary, to garnish

For the apple puree and spiced syrup (enough for 5 cocktails)

4 apples peeled and seeds discarded

10ml lemon juice

1 tsp. fresh rosemary

142g sugar

142g water

7g whole cloves

3 sprigs rosemary

Method

  1. To make the apple puree: slice the apples and combine with lemon juice and rosemary in a blender. Blend until smooth; gently strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and discard any solids. The puree can be frozen in an ice cube tray and then stored in an airtight contained in the freezer to be used for individual cocktails in the future.
  2. To make the spiced syrup: mix the sugar, water, cloves, and rosemary in a saucepan over low heat. When it reaches a boil, remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain into a jar and store in the refrigerator until use.
  3. To make the cocktail: combine the purée, syrup, lemon juice, and gin in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously until chilled. Pour into a glass and top with a small splash of soda water. Garnish with rosemary and serve.
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