Applejack Cocktail

"Here's the thing about applejack," says Audrey Saunders, owner of Pegu Club in New York City: "It needs some richness with it." Which, in this case, means a simple syrup made from raw Demerara sugar. "It's heavier and more flavorful," she says, than syrup made with white sugar.

1 drink


  • 1 lemon twist

  • Ice

  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

  • 2 ounces applejack

Rich Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup Demerara sugar

  • 1/2 cup water


Make the simple syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, warm the sugar and water over low heat and stir until a thick syrup forms. Remove from the heat, let cool, and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Make the Applejack Cocktail

  1. Fill two-thirds of a pint glass with ice. Add the applejack, 1/4 ounce simple syrup, and bitters. Stir briskly for 30 seconds to chill. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the lemon twist.

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