Curious Autumn No. 1 :: Spicy Apple Cider Margarita – Curious Elixirs

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Curious Autumn No. 1 :: Spicy Apple Cider Margarita

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Curious Autumn No. 1 :: Spicy Apple Cider Margarita


3 ounces pepper + citrus shrub
3 ounces fresh pressed apple cider
Soda water to taste
Cortland (or local) apple garnish


    Bring 4 ounces of water and 1 medium serrano pepper (or large jalapeño), including seeds to a boil. Remove from heat. Steep 5 minutes. Strain. Add 4 ounces agave nectar. Stir to combine and let cool. Then add 3 ounces fresh lime juice, 1 ounce orange juice, 1 ounce organic distilled white vinegar*. (Makes shrub for 4 drinks)


    Add pepper citrus shrub, then add apple cider and 5-7 ice cubes into a mixing glass or shaker.  Shake and strain into mason jar filled with ice. Top with 1-2 ounces of soda water and add Cortland (or Fuji) apple slice for garnish.  Serve with metal straw (one fewer thing to throw away)!
    *Important caveat: some vinegars have trace amounts (1-2% ABV).  If you want to make 100% sure there's no alcohol in your drink, omit the vinegar when making your shrub.
    RECIPE BY John Wiseman of Curious Elixirs, @johnwise

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