One of our partners for our September 3st of the Month event, Angel's Envy Bourbon is a total blast to make cocktails with. While it's delicious enough to drink neat, the complexity added from finishing the spirit in Port Wine barrels makes it deliciously-mixable.
For this cocktail, we've made a simple apple syrup. Easy to make at home you start with 2 cups of apple juice. We juiced our own organic fuji apples, but you could indeed purchase apple juice. Obviously, the better the juice, the better the syrup. We then added 1 oz of lime juice to the 2 cups of apple juice and placed in a stockpot over high heat. Boiling away the water, we reduced the 2 cups down to just 1/2 cup. This syrup will keep refrigerated for two weeks...but we're guessing it won't last nearly that long.
For added complexity, we also added a little lemon bitters an Averna Amaro. We tested it with other bitter aperitifs, but this was our favorite by far.
cocktail mixing glass
Fill cocktail mixing glass with ice and add bourbon, amaro, apple syrup and bitters. Stir to chill and strain into rocks glass with an ice sphere (or a couple ice cubes). Express oils from lemon zest over cocktail and drop into glass to garnish.