At the first signs of fall, we round up our friends and the makings for this Down Easter cocktail and head north to a remote lake in the great state of Maine for a rejuvenating weekend of canoeing, fishing, and hiking. Long, leisurely days spent outdoors inevitably lead to afternoon drinks dockside. It only takes a few rounds of cocktails for us to truly start believing the state slogan, “Maine. The way life should be.”–Eric Prum and Josh Williams
LC Down Easter Note
“Down Easter” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “one born or living down east.” Historically, it refers to a late 19th-century ship that ran between Boston and points north, including Maine. More colloquially, it means anyone from Maine. And apparently, it also means this lovely apple cider-y cocktail, perfect for sipping during any New England season, especially autumn. [Editor’s Note: Gee, we wonder if David has ever sipped a Down Easter during his summers in Maine….] A word of advice: You may want to go ahead and make a double batch of the apple cider syrup to have on hand for Down Easter cravings, because as our testers can attest, you’re going to fancy more than just a couple cocktails. Trust us.
Special Equipment: Cocktail shaker
The Down Easter Cocktail Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 45 M
- Serves 2
- For the apple cider syrup
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 strip orange zest, preferably organic
- For the down easter
- 2 shots (3 ounces) apple cider syrup
- 3 shots (4 1/2 ounces) bourbon
- 1 shot (1 1/2 ounces) fresh lemon juice
- 2 strips orange zest, preferably organic, for garnish
- Make the apple cider syrup
- 1. Throw the apple cider and orange zest in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Continue boiling until it’s reduced to 1/2 cup (4 ounces), about 30 minutes total. Strain and refrigerate until chilled through before using.
- Make the Down Easter
- 2. Add the 3 ounces apple cider syrup, bourbon, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Add enough ice to rise above the liquid in the shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
- 3. Strain the mixture into coupes or cocktail glasses of your choice and garnish with the orange zest.
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The Down Easter Cocktail Recipe © 2014 Eric Prum and Josh Williams. Photo © 2014 Eric Prum | Josh Williams. All rights reserved.
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