Fall is here! Well…. It’s supposed to be at least. I don’t know where you live but it’s sweltering hot where I am! So what do you do when you’ve had a seriously tough week and want to unwind and celebrate the new season? You make a fall flavored icy cocktail! This cocktail has been dubbed “The Toughest Week” so I hope you’ll find comfort in one of these after you’ve had one of those… but most of all I hope you have only good weeks.

 
You will need (this makes enough for two cocktails, just double the recipe for each additional two people):
 
1 part fennel seed simple syrup (recipe to follow)
2 parts bourbon
2 parts fresh apple juice or cider (I strongly urge you not to use the light yellow kids drink you find in your grocery aisle)
1 part fresh lemon juice

 
For garnish (and flavor)
Fresh grated nutmeg
Ground cinnamon
Apple slices

 
Simple syrup:
In a small saucepan combine 1 cup of sugar, 1 ½ cups of water, and 2 heaping Tbs of fennel seeds. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a rolling simmer and sugar has dissolved. Turn off heat and let cool. Strain into a container and keep in the fridge.

 

 
Place ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour in all of your ingredients (simple syrup through lemon juice). I use a shot glass to measure my ‘parts’.  Shake and pour into tumblers filled with ice. Place two apple slices on top, grate some fresh nutmeg, and sprinkle with some cinnamon. Enjoy!

 

 

"THE TOUGHEST WEEK" WITH FENNEL, APPLE, & BOURBON
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You will need (this makes enough for two cocktails, just double the recipe for each additional two people)
  1. 1 part fennel simple syrup (recipe to follow)
  2. 2 parts bourbon
  3. 2 parts fresh apple juice or cider (I strongly urge you not to use the light yellow kids drink you find in your grocery aisle)
  4. 1 part fresh lemon juice
  5. For garnish (and flavor)
  6. Fresh grated nutmeg
  7. Ground cinnamon
  8. Apple slices
Simple syrup
  1. In a small saucepan combine 1 cup of sugar, 1 ½ cups of water, and 2 heaping Tbs of fennel seeds. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a rolling simmer and sugar has dissolved. Turn off heat and let cool. Strain into a container and keep in the fridge.
  2. Place ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour in all of your ingredients (simple syrup through lemon juice). I use a shot glass to measure my ‘parts’. Shake and pour into tumblers filled with ice. Place two apple slices on top, grate some fresh nutmeg, and sprinkle with some cinnamon. Enjoy!
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