It’s Apple Season and Time for an Abuela

abuelaJust because I can’t drink for 10 more weeks (still very pregnant) doesn’t mean I am not looking forward to the moment I can be sipping some spirits. Now that crisp apples are in season, I have been dreaming about an Abuela — tequila, freshly-pressed apple juice, a dash of simple syrup, garnished with a slice of tart green apple. Years ago, I interviewed Monica Greene at the long-since closed Ciudad, and she raved about this cocktail she named for her grandmother–her Abuela. I know it might sound a little odd, but it is the best use of alcohol and apple juice outside of the traditional hard cider. Jump for a few additional tequila and apple juice recipes from Herradura.

Herradura Apple-Cran Toddy

4 cups apple cider

1 cup cranberry juice cocktail

1 medium sized cinnamon stick

4 ounces Herradura Reposado

1.5 ounces triple sec

Heat the apple cider, cranberry juice and cinnamon stick in a sauce pan just until boiling point. Remove from heat and add Herradura and triple sec. Pour into heat resistant mugs and garnish with orange peel.

AppleDura

1.5 ounces Herradura Reposado

1.5 ounces orange liqueur

6 ounces apple juice

In a tall glass with ice, add the tequila, orange liqueur and apple juice. Stir and garnish with an apple slice.

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