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Playing How To Make Candy Apple Cocktail By John Cusimano

John Cusimano created this Candy Apple Cocktail for our Halloween episode but it would be perfect for any fall party. He uses an apple-cinnamon-infused simple syrup to lightly sweeten the vodka-based drink and tops it off with Champagne. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • Ice
  • 1 ½ ounces vodka
  • ¾ ounce cranberry juice
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3 to 4 ounces Champagne or Prosecco
  • Fresh cranberries, for garnish

Yield

Serves: Makes 1 cocktail plus simple syrup for more

Preparation

To make apple/cinnamon simple syrup, heat sugar and water over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Add 2 cinnamon sticks and apple slices. Let cool and refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use. Remove apple and cinnamon sticks after steeping in syrup for a few hours or until syrup is well-flavored. 

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine vodka, cranberry juice, lemon juice and ½ ounce simple syrup. Shake until chilled, then strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with champagne and garnish with fresh cranberries, a cinnamon stick and a straw.

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