It’s rare to find green apple cocktails that aren’t made with a sickly sweet, neon-green, artificial syrup. This drink celebrates fresh apples, using the first green apples of the season to create a naturally tart mash that mixes perfectly with gin. And here’s a bit of fun trivia to share with your holiday guests: The apple became a Rosh Hashanah tradition not because it has any specific symbolic meaning, but because it’s in season at the end of the summer/beginning of the fall and is a great vehicle for the real star of the show, honey.
- 1 ounce gin
- ¼ green apple, diced
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces tonic water or soda water
- Small handful of fresh mint
Drop the diced apple into a large (pint) glass or heavy measuring cup, and add the lime juice. Using the edge of a wooden spoon handle or a traditional muddler, crush the apple into a pulp. Add the fresh mint and muddle just a bit more — enough to break up the mint but not to tear it to shreds. Add ice, gin, and tonic or soda water to the mixing glass and stir well. Strain the entire mixture into a stemmed glass, and garnish with an apple slice or a lime wedge.