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Jonny's Apple Seed

Jonny's Apple Seed
Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

With all the snappy apples -- rosy Rome Beauties, flowery Splendors, tart Pippins -- spilling out of farmers market stalls this time of year, it's hard to resist dreaming up excuses to buy them by the bushel. It's a great ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes | Serves 4
  • 2 Rome Beauty or Red Rome apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 ounces Calvados
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 4 ounces sparkling rose wine

Step 1To make the apple syrup, peel and core 1 of the apples. Set aside the flesh for another use. Combine the skin, the core, the sugar and three-fourths cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 15 minutes, until the syrup is reddish-pink. Cool and strain. This makes one-half cup (4 ounces) syrup, which can be stored in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Step 2In a pitcher, combine the Calvados, lemon juice and 2 ounces apple syrup. Pour half the mixture into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into two chilled martini glasses. Repeat with the remaining mixture and pour into another two glasses.

Step 3Make 4 thin slices by cutting horizontally through the center of the remaining apple. Float an apple slice in each glass and gently top each drink with 1 ounce of sparkling rose (do not stir).

Note: From Jonny Raglin, bar manager of Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in San Francisco. Choose apples with a deep pink hue to lend color.

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