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Ginger-Apple Mojito

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(Serves 1)

  • 2 tsp. brown sugar, divided
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 8-12 mint leaves, plus sprig for garnish
  • 1.5 oz. Ron Abuelo Anejo Rum
  • 3 oz. homemade spiced cider
  • 1.5 oz. ginger beer
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, for garnish
  • Apple peel twirl, for garnish
  • Homemade Spiced Cider
    (yields 1/2 gallon)

  • 1/2 gal. cold-pressed cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise pod, broken
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg powder
  • 6-8 cloves
  • Directions

    In a cocktail shaker, muddle one teaspoon of brown sugar with lime and mint. Add ice, rum, and cider. Shake, then pour in ginger beer.

    Combine remaining brown sugar and nutmeg on a plate. Run a lime wedge around rim of a highball glass, then dip rim into sugar and nutmeg. Pour in drink. Garnish with apple peel twirl and mint sprig.

    To the jar of cider, add cinnamon sticks, star anise, nutmeg, and cloves and let spices steep in refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours. Strain out spices.

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