This week’s Five Ingredient Friday is for all of you who are looking for a delightful new cocktail. This Sour Apple Sparkler cocktail has pucker power, it has bubbles, and it has the irresistible sour apple in cocktail form. If you love Sour Apple Jolly Rancher candies? You’ll love this adult beverage.
A few weeks ago the Blount County girls took an expedition to a graveyard. Sounds weird, right? It was, in fact, fascinating. Each year a local college hosts a cemetery tour at historic Fort Hill Cemetery in Cleveland, Tennessee. The students research cemetery “residents,” then while dressed in period costume they portray the character they have researched, regaling visitors with the life story of the cemetery “resident” they are representing.
This year’s theme was people who were Unionists, and who attempted after the Civil War to obtain reparations for property seized by the Union during the conflict; some of the characters were successfully and some were not, but they explained the circumstances surrounding their claims and why they were awarded reparations, or not.
It was an eye-opening peek into the history of the time, in an area of Tennessee where there were splits in sentiment for and against the Civil War, even among family members. In many cases, the players were husband and wife who had been interred side-by-side. It was extremely interesting the way infant mortality of the time was noted, “We had nine children, five of whom survived to adulthood.” It was always said in a proud way, that so many had survived. All of the players did an outstanding job, remained in character the entire time and were delightfully funny as well as informative.
The day was organized by my friend, Terry. She is a consummate hostess and planner, and is the person who frequently spearheads the adventures of our group. The day began at her house where she hosted us for a delicious lunch prior to heading off to the cemetery.
As is our wont, she started us out with a cocktail. It was a version of this particular cocktail, which I have modified somewhat from what she served. I just loved it, because I love sour apple and I love champagne.
The cocktail itself is only four ingredients. If you count the garnish of the green apple slices, that brings it to five. Those ingredients are:
- Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps
- Rose’s Lime Juice
- Apple Cider
- Green Apple Slices
If you’re at the T.G.I.F. stage this week, then this cocktail has your name written all over it! I hope you’ll try it. As always, when consuming beverages containing alcohol, please drink responsibly!
- 1 cup Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps (I used DeKuyper)
- ¼ cup Rose's Lime Juice
- 2 cups Apple Cider
- 1 750 ml bottle Champagne
- Green Apple slices (for garnish)
- In a pitcher, add the Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps, the Rose's Lime juice and the Apple Cider.
- Stir to combine.
- Add ice to your favourite glass, pour the Sour Apple mixture over the ice, about ⅓ full (or more depending on your love of pucker).
- Add champagne to top the glass.
- Garnish with green apples slices, if desired.