BRAVO™ Apple-Ixir is a sophisticated cocktail that highlights the warm Christmas spice flavours of the BRAVO™ Apple. The addition of Campari cuts through the sweetness, contributes to the pink blush and adds a little contrasting bitterness to this most cultivated beverage.
Spiced BRAVO™ Apple Syrup
1 litre dry apple cider
2 BRAVO™ apples, grated skin on
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp whole allspice (pimento)
1 tsp whole cloves
2 tsp whole black peppercorns
1 cup caster sugar
For each BRAVO™ Apple-ixir
¼ cup apple schnapps
1 tbsp Spiced BRAVO™ Apple Syrup
1 tbsp Campari
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ cup soft or low alcohol apple cider
1 thin slice of lemon
Dried crosscut BRAVO™ apple slices, to garnish (optional)
- In a medium saucepan, combine cider, grated BRAVO™ apple, spices and sugar. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Keep simmering uncovered, until reduced by half. Strain out the grated BRAVO™ apple and spices and continue to boil until a syrupy consistency.
- For each cocktail, combine apple schnapps, Spiced BRAVO™ Apple Syrup, Campari and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into an ice and lemon slice-filled highball glass. Top with soft cider.
- Garnish with dried BRAVO™ apple slices.
© Sophie Zalokar