Drink recipe: Spiced Caramel Apple

I’ve been so immersed lately in all the blah-blah-blah of book promotion that I’ve strayed from the core mission:  cocktails!  So without further ado, I give you the Spiced Caramel Apple.

This drink has proven to be a universal crowd-pleaser, with a good dose of ginger spice, the aroma of caramel, and (since it’s the season, after all!) your favorite apple cider. If you can’t get your hands on a bottle of caramel vodka, try using your favorite vanilla vodka. But do try to get some:  it really does elevate the drink to something special.

The Spiced Caramel Apple

2 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur

1 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Caramel vodka

2 ½ oz. apple cider

1 dash lemon juice


Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into martini glass.

Optional touch:  rim the glass with agave syrup and crumbled gingersnap cookies.