Beauties, ain’t they? We had so much fun with the variety of martinis that we were able to mix here in the office using our new bottle of Hiram Walker’s Caramel Apple Liqueur. And these two packed quite the punch – one sweet, the other more acidic; as such, my coworkers and I seemed to be split down the middle favoring one of these drinks over the other.
The first drink I’ll mention was the Caramel Apple Cosmo. This cocktail takes its formula from the classic recipe, but the Caramel Apple Liqueur supplants the role of the Triple Sec. Here’s the recipe:
Caramel Apple Cosmo:
- 1 1/2 parts ABSOLUT Citron
- 3/4 part Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
- 1 part Cranberry Juice
- 1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
Build ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an apple slice.
I found this ratio to be the more pleasing of the two we tried, as it had a surprising citrus bite you wouldn’t expect from the sweet smell of caramel wafted from the glass. However, for those in our office who prefer their drinks on the ‘sweeter’ side, they enjoyed the Dale DeGroff formula I used a bit more that saw the amount of lime juice decrease to just 1/4 part. It also let the Hiram Walker liqueur shine through a bit more.
The second cocktail we mixed to be served up in a martini glass was the Hiram Walker recipe for the Pom-Apple Cooler. I think this cocktail has such a beautiful color, as achieved from the following recipe:
- 1 part Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
- 1 part ABSOLUT Vodka
- 2 parts POMWonderful® Pomegranate Juice
The sweet drink fans in our office pleasantly fell in love with this cocktail. One coworker described it as having the flavor – without the texture or stickiness – of maple syrup. I, too, enjoyed the drink but would be far more inclined to enjoy this Pom-Apple Cooler as a round of shots, rather than an entire mixed drink.
So there you have it – two great new uses for that Caramel Apple fixin’! I hope you enjoy.