Sips: Carjack Cocktail


Nothing take the chill off fall like apple brandy. And, it just so happens, apple brandy has been made in the U.S. since Colonial times. (I’ve read that George Washington himself wrote to the Lairds distillery to ask for its recipe.)

That makes it a great spirit to serve for Thanksgiving. You can sip it straight, or substitute it for Calvados in any cocktail recipe. I like to mix sidecars using Lairds Applejack instead of cognac. I call it a Carjack, and that’s not just because you’ll feel like you’ve been sideswiped after you drink it! ๐Ÿ™‚

The recipe, after the jump.

8 ounces Lairds Applejack brandy
4 ounces Cointreau
2 ounces lemon juice

Set ice and water in cocktail glasses to chill them. Combine ingredients in a small pitcher and stir. Pour some into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Empty the water from the glasses. Shake vigorously and strain into the glasses. Garnish with a lemon twist. You may also rim the glass with sugar, but we donโ€™t usually bother.

Yield: 4 drinks.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm โ€” with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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