First Day of Fall Cocktail: Apple-Cider Spritzer

Capture the essence of the season with this bubbly aperitif

It's the most wonderful time of the year—at least it is IMHO, anyway. Today marks the first day of fall, a time to say goodbye to sweaty commutes and watery umbrella drinks and hello to crisp days, crunchy leaves underfoot, and the kinds of cocktails that warm your soul and restore your faith in the universe. Case in point: this spicy apple-cider spritzer from Lonny's go-to recipe guru, Diana Yen. Made with a fragrant mix of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves and topped with champagne, it has an effervescent quality that makes it worthy of any celebration, whether you're tailgating with friends or enjoying an intimate tête-à-tête by the light of the harvest moon. Here's to another glorious autumn.

First Day of Fall Cocktail: Apple-Cider Spritzer

Apple Cider Spritzer
Serves 1

- 1 ounce whiskey or bourbon
- 2 ounces cider-honey syrup (recipe follows)
- champagne, to top glass
- sprig of rosemary, to garnish

In a shaker filled with ice, combine the honey syrup and whiskey. Shake vigorously and strain into a serving glass. Top with champagne and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Cider-Honey Syrup:
- ½ cup honey
- 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 cup apple cider
- 4 sprigs rosemary

In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk the honey, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and apple cider together until the mixture starts to bubble, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat, add rosemary and let cool for 25 minutes. Strain through a sieve and transfer to a container until ready to use. Can be made ahead and stored covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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