I fully admit that Martha Stewart is my hero! I can always count on her for unique ideas and reliable recipes with good ingredients. I love her taste and am thrilled when my friends call me “Martha!” I’m nowhere close, but I’ll keep trying!! 🙂
This is my version of Martha’s Sinister Cider. It is my favorite Halloween cocktail. I love the black rim of sugar and the fall flavors of apple and maple mixed with a hint of lime. And vodka, of course! Sinister.
This year I made a hot version as well, for those chilly Halloween nights! I might start with a chilled one and bring along a hot mug full for trick or treating…hmmmm?! Happy Halloween!
4 slices of apple (I used macintosh apples from my neighbor’s tree…thanks Ball family! xoxo….) approx. 1/3 of an apple
2 slices lime (about 1/4 lime)
1 T pure maple syrup
3 oz vodka
3 oz apple cider (try Simply Apple -it is pure goodness…fresh pressed apple juice, delicious!)
1 1/2 oz Simply Limeade (or fresh squeezed lime juice)
- Rim a martini glass with black sugar. I like to pour a little honey on a small plate and run the edge of glass through it. Then the sugar will stick to the rim without dripping down on your glass. It’s a good idea to only rim one side, then the glass still looks pretty but your guests can choose to NOT have a black tongue. (although it IS Halloween!) You can make your own black sugar by shaking some coarse sugar and black food coloring together in a tupperware.
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle apple slices and limes. Add maple syrup
- Fill shaker with ice and add vodka, apple cider and lime juice.
- Shake well and strain into rimmed martini glass.
For Hot Sinister Cider, muddle apples and limes in a small saucepan. Remove limes. Add maple syrup, vodka, apple cider and lime juice. Bring to a simmering over med. low heat. Serve in a mug with some apple bits floating on top. Warms the tummy!
You may have to double the recipe if you have big mugs to fill. 🙂
Stay warm and safe this Halloween!! Trick or treat!