I like fizzy things,

and booze. Fizzy-boozy things are the best. Especially if there’s a hockey game on. But I digress.
My end-of-summer-beginning-of-hockey-season all time favorite stand-by is Calvados (apple brandy) and Diet Coke (Thank You Paula and Peter, for the BEST simple mixed drink!) I’m open to other things, although nothing is quite as simple and pouring an ounce and a half of Calvados over ice and topping it with Diet Coke. I’m a simple girl.

This is called an Apple Blossom.
It has two of my favorite boozy things: rum and hard apple cider. It’s a perfect “Fall Cocktail”, if you so choose to ‘seasonalize’ your cocktails (which, although ashamed to admit, I do)
1/4 oz simple syrup
3/4 oz St. Germaine (elderflower liqueur)
1 oz dark spiced rum (Sailor Jerry’s or Kraken are my choice picks)
3 oz (about half a bottle) hard apple cider (I like Woodchuck Granny Smith or Fox Hard Cider)

Use a highball glass (like the one in the photo), build on the rocks (glass full of ice cubes)
Pour the first 3 ingredients, use a stir stick to swirl them together.
Top with hard cider.
Garnish with lemon peel if you’re feeling fancy. Sometimes, although not often, I feel fancy. 🙂

St. Germaine is an unusual liqueur. It’s an Elderflower mixture, smells flowery and sweet. It can be most easily found at BevMo or any other large booze MegaStore. It’s not a cheap bottle, so I think I’ll be searching for some other drink recipes that feature or at least include it. Failing that, I’ll start making stuff up.

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