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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cooking with Banshee: The Royal Apple

I am a proud Virginian.  As such, I am blessed to live in an area of the country where history and hard cider are both abundant.  The Royal Apple pays homage to both.  My understanding is that this drink was enjoyed by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry as they planned and executed the American Revolution.  Fermented cider was readily available in colonial times.  And rum was one of the few spirits that was also available in colonial taverns.  I learned this drink from a local pharmacist named Charles Moss.  He scratched the instructions down for me on a napkin at my favorite local watering hole.  Mr. Moss learned it in Colonial Williamsburg at the Chowning's Tavern.  Now, I'm sharing it with you.

Royal Apple

12 oz hard cider (I used Bold Rock Cider. It's brewed locally in Nelson County, VA.)
1 oz light rum
1 Tbs lime juice
1/2 tsp sugar

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker full of ice.  Shake gently.  You don't want to waste all the fizz of the cider.  Plus, if you shake it too hard, the cap will pop off.  Pour the contents into a glass filled with ice.  Enjoy!

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