Autumn Breeze

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, April 8th, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails 2011

Adapted from a recipe by Jo-Jo Valenzuela, Ris, Washington, D.C.

“I wanted to create a simple cocktail that has fall written all over it. Denise, a regular of mine, was the first to try the drink and named it Autumn Breeze. Minutes later her boyfriend Alan arrived, tried the drink, and claimed that it is the best cocktail he has ever had in his life. That was a nice moment, here’s to them!” Jo-Jo Valenzuela.

45 ml (1.5 oz) Laird’s applejack

60 ml (2 oz) cranberry juice

Juice of lemon wedge

1 splash simple syrup

3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

1 lemon twist, as garnish

1 apple slice, as garnish

Build in a rocks glass full of ice. Roll. Add the garnishes (release a mist of lemon twist over the drink to work wonders on its aroma).

gaz sez:  Peychaud’s, Peychaud’s, Peychaud’s!  Here’s yet another example of a really simple formula that springs off the high-board and does a double somersault on its way down the throat.  And it’s all down to the Peychaud’s in this case.  Who’d have thunk it?  Well, Jo-Jo Valenzuela, I guess.  Denise and Alan are lucky to have Jo-Jo as their bartender, huh?

This is one of 2011’s 101 Best New Cocktails.

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