My friend Kate is a cocktail whiz. One of the benefits of having friends with great taste in food and drink is that it never gets boring, and the I am always amazed at how much they teach me. Kate recently introduced me to a cocktail called the American Trilogy. Somewhat similar to an Old Fashioned (my go-to cocktail in these cold winter times), the American Trilogy uses bonded Apple Jack, a liquor that is more concentrated in alcohol and similar in flavor to hard apple cider.
The ingredients and process are simple. You will need:
- 1 oz applejack (I use Laird's)
- 1 oz rye (I use Bulleit)
- 1 tsp raw sugar
- 2-3 dashes angostura bitters
- A splash of distilled water
- orange rind
In the bottom of a lowball glass, add the sugar, bitters, and a spash of distilled water. The water should dissolve the sugar a bit. Take the orange rind and rub it on the inside of the glass and rim. Squeeze it to release the aroma. Add the rye and applejack. Stir to combine. Either shake it with crushed ice and strain, if serving without ice. Or, add a large ice cube before serving.