Although apple drinks abound during the fall season, the fruity mix of pomegranate, lemon and orange liquor in the Apple Cin make it a great spring time drink for those with a bit of a sweet tooth. Created by Mixologist Jose Torella at the Barclay Bar at the InternContinental New York Barclay, the drink was influenced by “the Big Apple… colors of a Hudson River sunset, [and] the fresh flavors and varieties of New York state apples.” For Torella, Van Gogh’s Appel Vodka perfectly reflects all of these sentiments. Although the glass preparation calls for a bit more expertise, it’s nothing that couldn’t be done at home. 

Ingredients

  • 2 Ounce Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
  • 1 Ounce fresh apple juice
  • 1/2 Ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 Ounce Simple Sugar
  • 1/2 Ounce Fresh squeezed lemon
  • Splash of pomegranate juice

Preparation

Glass Preparation:

Step 1:

Mix clear gelatin with water according to directions on box (for an extra kick, infuse the gelatin with Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka the night before).

Step 2:

Place cranberry in bottom of Martini Glass

Step 3:

Rim Martini glass with cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Step 4:

Chill – should sit overnight to ensure everything has time to gel completely.

Method:

Step 1:

Shake all ingredients but the pomegranate juice and pour into prepared glass.

Step 2:

Pour pomegranate juice slowly down the side of the cocktail glass, let settle.

Step 3:

Garnish with apple slice and serve.