The North Fork Iced Tea

The North Fork Iced Tea

The North Fork Iced Tea

  • top shelf blogger
  • fall
  • vodka
  • Level: Medium
  • Prep: 10 min
This version of the Long Island Iced Tea is warmed up with a fall-flavored theme. Subbing barrel-aged gin, honey-infused vodka, and aged rum makes for a richer flavor profile. All of these flavors marry perfectly with sparkling cider. The result is a crisp, bright, cozy cocktail that is still deceptively on the strong side.

format_list_bulletedIngredients

  • 1 apple, sliced roughly into eighths or large chunks
  • 1 ounce Old Tom gin
  • 1 ounce añejo tequila
  • 1 ounce honey vodka
  • 1 ounce aged rum 
  • 1 ounce dry orange curaçao
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 to 1 1/2 ounces cinnamon-honey syrup (see recipe notes)
  • 2-3 dashes spiced orange bitters
  • 4-6 ounces sparkling cider
  • Fresh apple slices and cinnamon sticks, for garnish

Tools

  • Muddler
  • Hawthorne strainer
  • Shaker

How to Mix

  1. In a mixing tin, muddle the apple chunks, expressing as much juice as possible.
  2. Add the Old Tom gin, tequila, vodka, rum, dry curaçao, lemon juice, cinnamon-honey syrup, and a couple dashes of bitters.
  3. Fill the tin with ice and shake well. Taste for balance and adjust accordingly, adding a little more lemon juice or simple syrup if necessary.
  4. Carefully double-strain and divide the mixture into two collins glasses filled with fresh ice.
  5. Finish each cocktail with sparkling cider.
  6. Garnish with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick.

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