Weekend Cider Cocktail -- The Sawyer, Modified

The Sawyer is a perfect cocktail to celebrate the first hints of fall in the air (can you feel it?) -- and it's one of our all-time favorites. We took this classic recipe published by The Washington Post and removed the gin entirely, replacing it with applejack, adding cinnamon notes and finishing it up with, of course, some Kid Neptune. Not gonna lie, this recipe was partially inspired by the excellent Sawyer made at Sidecar in San Luis Obispo, a spot we frequent.

Contrary to the notes above, The Sawyer is a cocktail that is highlighted by bitters, and acid is balanced here with spiced apple notes. We used Peychaud's bitters, Angostura orange bitters, added Laird's Applejack and made a cinnamon-infused house grenadine. Go easy on the grenadine; the drier this cocktail is, the better. Recipe below.

Applejack recipe: -2 oz. applejack, 1.5 oz. lime, half oz. cinnamon infused grenadine, 6 dashes Peychaud's bitters, 4 dashes Angostura orange bitters, Reef Points' "Kid Neptune" to taste

Use a shaker to add ingredients

Add 1.5 oz. fresh Lime juice

Add half oz. Grenadine

Add 6 dashes Peychaud's bitters

Add 4 dashes Angostura orange bitters

Add 2 oz. Applejack

Strain and pour over Ice in a Lowball glass

Stir with a spoon

Top with Kid Neptune

Garnish with Lime


-The Reef Points Team

***PHOTO CREDIT: all photos by Patrick Martinez