Wise Man #4
- 2.0 oz. Apple brandy (Laird’s bonded)
- 0.25 oz. Wild Moon Cranberry liqueur
- 0.25 oz. Wild Moon Sage liqueur
- 0.25 oz. honey syrup
- 0.125 oz. balsamic vinegar
- pinch of salt
Stir with ice and strain into old fashioned glass over ice. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.
I had recently visited Hartford Flavor Company, which is about an hour from my home, and had picked up a number of their liqueurs. I really wanted to try their cranberry and sage liqueurs together, and apple brandy seemed the most appropriate base. Despite the sweetness, I still felt a little more was needed so added some 1:1 honey syrup (I’ve also substituted agave nectar in a pinch), and then a bit of balsamic to brighten it up. Very holidays.
The name was suggested by Taylor Hilliard in a cocktail evening I held. If this was the fourth straggler on Christmas night long ago, I wouldn’t mind passing some time with him.