This Salted Caramel Apple Flip cocktail is one of the best drinks to bring in the chilly season! Made with Salted Caramel vodka and apple spice syrup, its the best dessert cocktail you'll have all fall.
I really hate talking about the weather but I just have to give you a little Reno weather update--last week it was 90 degrees and the thought of pumpkin-spice-anything seemed wrong. Last night IT SNOWED. And I mean snowed. I shoveled 2 inches of snow off my car this morning.
Let's just say Reno likes to be very clear when the seasons are changing. It'll be back in the 70s in a few days, but this snow served as a reminder that summer is definitely over. Thanks, October!
So I've decided to welcome autumn with a little salted caramel apple cocktail. This baby is better than dessert, y'all. I'm simply in love. For those of you that know me well, you know you'll never see me at a bar ordering sweet froo-froo cocktails made from some crazy flavored vodka. But that's exactly what this cocktail is and I love it.
A little backstory--a week ago I saw that October 3rd is National Vodka Day. Usually I don't care about these national-whatever-days (because there seems to be one every week!) but I decided to take on the challenge. After all, I am not a big vodka drinker and the only post I've ever done on vodka is the gypsy queen (back when my blog was a whole 6 months old...don't mind the pictures!).
I tell Andrew about my challenge...which really just means its his challenge since he's the bartender in this household...and he immediately goes through our pitiful vodka stash. He takes out the Stoli Salted Caramel flavored vodka. My first thought? "Absolutely Not".
Then he makes me this sweet, caramelly, rich, better-than-any-dessert cocktail using some homemade apple simple syrup we had made, an egg white, and garnished it with some walnuts. And allllll my reservations about flavored vodka went out the window.
For all my vodka-haters out there, stop hatin. Even if you don't generally care for sweet, dessert-style cocktails, give this one a try. Trust me, I am the queeeeeeen of hating on flavored vodka and sweet drinks but I have been stopped in my tracks with this one!
This cocktail takes a little bit of work to get there, but once you have all your ingredients, it is super simple to make. First, buy the Stoli Salted Caramel Vodka if you don't already randomly have it in your bar inventory (and if you do, I applaud you...I have no idea where ours came from). Then, make the simple syrup (recipe follows). The simple syrup isn't hard to make but you'll have to wait a whole two hours for it to infuse, so maybe make this before you plan on drinking. Then all you need is an egg white and some chopped walnuts and you've got yourself a cocktail! Don't be thrown off by the egg white in this recipe, by the way. Egg whites are common in many cocktails to make them frothy. This cocktail wouldn't be called a flip if you didn't add it!
Salted Caramel Apple Flip
This Salted Caramel Apple Flip is the perfect way to welcome chilly weather!
- 2 oz Stolichinaya Salted Caramel Vodka
- 1 oz apple spice simple syrup (recipe follows)
- 1 egg white
- chopped walnuts, to garnish
- Pour vodka, simple syrup, and egg white into an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
- Shake vigorously for 1 minute.
- Strain into a martini glass and sprinkle with chopped walnuts as a garnish.
To Make the Apple Spice Simple Syrup:
1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 apple, cored and diced 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Add sugar and water to a pot and bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Once the sugar is dissolved, take the pot off heat and add the diced apple and cinnamon. Let steep for 2 hours. Strain the mixture through a fine strainer. Store in the refrigerator.