The Red Cat’s Inspired Applejack Cocktail

The Red Cat’s Inspired Applejack Cocktail

You can’t beat NYC’s The Red Cat Restaurant for a great meal. But a look at the cocktail menu proves they know they’re way around a drink as well.

Among my favorites, the “American Mother, a mixture of Applejack (a strong liquor made from Apples), cider, and honey-thyme syrup. (Honey thyme syrup, by the way, is also a homeopathic remedy that is not only delicious but also soothes a sore throat.) You can use it in other cocktails that have a strong byte too. (I would actually enjoy it in a whiskey cocktail as well.)

American Mother Small photoHere is our cocktail, inspired by The Red Cat’s “American Mother.”

First, make the honey-thyme syrup:


1 cup water

2 -3 sprigs of fresh thyme

1/2 cup honey.

Get started:

Take 1 cup of boiling water and place two sprigs of thyme directly in it, allowing the thyme to steep and soak for 20 minutes.

Not a thyme person? Try rosemary! That would be fantastic in a gin and tonic!)

Allow the water to cool slightly, and then strain the thyme out and pour the thyme water into a small sauce pan.

Take ½ cup of honey into the sauce pan with the thyme water and boil them together for 1-2 minutes, or until you have a slightly syrupy consistency.

Refrigerate the syrup until you are ready to use it. (if you’re trying to soothe a sore throat, add some lemon and sip it while its still warm!)

Next make the cocktail:



Apple cide

Honey-Thyme Syrup

Apple slice, for garnish!

Get mixing!

In a tall glass full of ice, pour in 2 shots of Applejack

Add 1 tablespoon of Honey-thyme syrup

Fill remainder of glass with Apple Cider.

Garnish with an apple slice!



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