Treat yourself to a Roasted Apple Tom Collins. This is seriously a glassful of fall and winter flavor. A perfect cocktail for holiday parties!
Thanksgiving is in just a few weeks, and this Roasted Apple Tom Collins would be a perfect after-supper cocktail! Do you have anything special in the works for Thanksgiving? My family eats out on Thanksgiving every year, so I like to live vicariously through other folks’ home-cooked feasts.
What I love about a holiday cocktail is that you have an excuse to really get into those spicy fall and winter flavors: apples, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, etc.
This recipe keeps the flavors simple with maple-cinnamon roasted apples and more maple syrup to sweeten the drink, rather than simple syrup. I tend to shy away from simple syrup in my cocktail recipes, because they’re kind of a pain to make, and they are just a little bit too sweet for my taste. For a holiday cocktail, maple syrup is the perfect replacement and adds a little bit of extra deliciousness.
The bonus with this recipe? Roasted apples with cinnamon and maple syrup make your house smell freaking amazing.
Roasted Apple Tom Collins
For the Roasted Apples
- 4 large apples - cored, peeled, and sliced into wedges
- ¼ cup vegan margarine
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
For the Cocktail
- 6 ounces gin - (divided)
- 6 tablespoons maple syrup - (optional, to taste)
- soda water
- 4 cinnamon sticks - (for garnish)
To make the roast apple puree
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Melt the margarine in your microwave or in the preheating oven, then toss the apples with the margarine, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Spread them onto a greased baking sheet and let them cook for 30-45 minutes (until they’re nice and tender), stirring every 15 minutes.
- Let the roasted apples cool, then puree in your blender with the juices from the cookie sheet and the lemon juice until you have a nice smooth mixture.
To make one cocktail:
- In a rocks glass, combine ⅓ cup of the apple puree with 1 ounce of the gin and additional maple syrup, and stir until everything is well combined. Fill your glass the rest of the way with ice, top off with the soda water, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
- Repeat to make up to 6 cocktails.