- 1.5 oz bourbon (or any whiskey of preference)
- 1 oz applesauce (store-bought)
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 5 dashes angostura bitters
- top with hard apple cider (Aval preferred)
- fresh grated nutmeg (optional)
In lieu of Leo season, I wanted to dust off an obscure, Prohibition-era classic called the 'Lion's Tail'. Traditionally, the Lion's Tail is a Tiki-leaning, spiced whiskey sour consisting of Bourbon, Allspice Dram, lemon juice, and bitters. For this riff, we kept some of the same flavors, but transformed it into an easy-drinking, summer-time highball with the addition of applesauce and effervescent hard cider.
Combine bourbon, applesauce, lemon juice, syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake for about 6 seconds, then strain into a Collins glass filled with cubed ice.
Top with hard cider. Garnish with skewered apple slices, and the option of fresh grated nutmeg.