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This cocktail sounded better on paper than what It turned out. I think it could be great with a little tweaking. The lemon flavor was too much and made it less smooth.

Honeycrisp-Maple Sipper

(Adapted from Cooking Light)

14 ounces Honeycrisp apple slices (about 3 medium apples)

1 cup water

1/2 cup unfiltered apple cider

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup


5 ounces bourbon

Garnish: additional apple slices and thyme sprigs

Process 14 oz. Honeycrisp apple slices, water, apple cider, lemon juice, and maple syrup in a blender until smooth, about 1 1/2 minutes.

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Pour through a fine sieve into an ice-filled pitcher. Discard solids. Stir in bourbon. Garnish, if desired.

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Make It a Mocktail: Swap out the bourbon for 5 ounces light ginger beer, such as Fever-Tree Naturally Light.

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