I took this poll to Instagram stories and asked followers if they’d be interested in seeing some cocktail, seasonal cocktail, and wine pairings on the blog.
The results were basically yellin’ HELL YEA.
As a chef- I want to share some good tips and tricks for pairing drinks with menus, but as a post-op bariatric patient, I understand that alcohol has to be consumed in serious moderation, and that it isn’t always the best choice on our healthy journeys!
With that being said, I am in my 20’s, I make responsible decisions, and I enjoy crafted anything, so when moderation can be key, I am a fan. As always, I AM NOT A DOCTOR, I’m not a nutritionist, I’m just a 20-something personal chef, sharing life on the other side of Morbid Obesity. Live your life in the way that makes you comfortable, and especially don’t do something because some girl on Instagram told you too! BUT, if you were easily persuaded, these might be worth a sip or two.
I made these Manhattans at a private event I did on Friday evening. The hosts asked me to pair a signature cocktail with the charcuterie course, and I’m so glad we went with these, they were a hit.
Dirty Apple Manhattans
4 shots apple whiskey (I used Apple Crown)
2 shots dry vermouth
1/2 cup apple cider
4 dashes bitters
1/2 cup water optional- helps to open up the whiskey flavor, and I enjoy water in mine.
Orange Garnish (Directions to follow).
1. In a small sauce pan, bring apple cider to a rolling boil, and let it reduce by half- to 1/4 cup. Allow to cool.
2. While Apple Cider Reduction is cooling, prepare the garnish. Thinly slice an orange and lay on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and place under broiler until edges are starting to char, and the fruit is looking caramelized and golden on top. Allow to cool.
3. Mix whiskey, bitters, vermouth, and optional water with ice in a shaker glass. Add Cooled Cider Reduction.
4. Divide among 4 glasses, over ice or straight up, garnishing with the cinnamon bruleed orange slice. enjoy.
As always, if you recreate this recipe, use the hashtag #thatswhatsheeats and tag me on Instagram, @thatswhatsheeats.
Thanks for hanging out friends,