The Down Easter cocktail is defined by Merriam-Webster as "one born or living down east." We define it as this lovely apple cider-y cocktail.
Down Easter Cocktail. Just apple cider, bourbon, and citrus. Think of it as a whiskey sour’s older and richer uncle. [Editor’s Note: A word of advice: You may want to go ahead and make a double batch of the apple cider syrup, or an even higher multiple, right away just to have on hand. Because as our testers can attest, after just one sip, you’re going to fancy more than than this cocktail recipe makes. Trust us.] This recipe has been updated. Originally published October 10, 2014.–Renee Schettler Rossi
How The Name
Curious about how the name Down Easter Cocktail name came to be? So were we. So we did a little research. “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 cool weather cocktail concocted from apple cider, bourbon, and citrus. [Editor’s Note: Actually, it makes for quite lovely sipping during any season. And not just in New England.]
Special Equipment: Cocktail shaker
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 cocktail
- 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. Add the apple cider and orange zest to a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Continue boiling until it’s reduced to 1/2 cup (4 ounces), which should take about 30 minutes, depending on the size of your pan and the heat of your flame. Strain, cover, and refrigerate until chilled through before using.
- Make the Down Easter cocktail
- 2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the 3 ounces apple cider syrup, bourbon, and lemon juice. 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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