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Cider Sips: The Logger
The weather has turned colder this week, and demands a cocktail that can warm a body up.  But how to achieve this effect with chilled cider?  Try the Logger!  Besides it's suggestion of flannel and cozy nights by the woodstove, this cocktail features a shot of maple syrup that adds a smoky warmth to balance the wintry vodka and cider, and the rosemary hints at the piney aromas enjoyed during a hike through an evergreen forest in late autumn sunshine.

The Logger:

1 shot vodka
1 shot pure maple syrup
4oz hard cider
1 sprig fresh rosemary

In a glass of your choosing, pour the cider over crushed ice.  We used our off-dry cider blend Ragged Mountain.   Add the maple syrup and swirl to mix, then add the vodka and gently swirl again.  Crush a sprig of rosemary and submerse it in your drink- or, for even more rosemary goodness, infuse your vodka with rosemary!  It's easy- "To infuse, place 4-5 rosemary sprigs in a 750ml bottle of [vodka) and let sit for 6-8 hours" (infusion recipe courtesy of Tito's Handmade Vodka,  Grab a blanket and enjoy!

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Tried it with a 'twist' also. For version#2, (which I'm sure has been done but not by me 'til now,) substituted fresh pressed apple cider for the maple syrup. Cider being not as thick, but equally tasty, needed two shots to balance with the Vodka shot. Topped up with 3 shots of Goldrush made for very good drinking. IMHO, the fresh and hard ciders together are magic.

Sounds great, Trent!  I don't

Sounds great, Trent! I don't know of anyone else who has substituted the fresh pressed for the syrup. I think this cocktail would pair well with Canasta, too, no?

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