Here's one that's perfect for all sorts of festive occasions, especially in the chill of winter. Based on the intense flavor of applejack - apple brandy - with the sweetness of Cointreau and the always-welcome tang of citrus.
It's named Molly Pitcher after a possibly-mythical woman who fought alongside the men at the Battle of Monmouth in the Revolutionary War. Or maybe it was at Fort Washington in Manhattan. And her name might have actually been Mary Hayes. Or Margaret Corbin.
We like the name because it rhymes with Jolly. Not to mention Holly.
And we like the drink. A little bit sweet, with a nice kick from the brandy and lemon. And it has a lovely rosy hue.
So have a few for Jolly Molly and a happy holiday!
- 1 1/2 ounce Applejack
- 1 oz Cointreau
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz cranberry juice
Shake until freezing - as always - and serve straight up.