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The Kiss and Tell

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An awesome cocktail for the holidays that can be made individually or as a punch.
by: Macheesmo
Updated Oct 16, 2014
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  • 1 1/2 ounces Bourbon
  • 3 ounces apple juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon crystalized ginger
  • 1 wedge lemon
  • 1 dash bitters (opt.)
  • 1 maraschino cherry (opt.)
  • 1 dash club soda (opt.)


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    You can make this drink either on the rocks (with ice) or up (in a martini glass). It looks pretty classy in a martini glass.
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    Start by combining bourbon, apple juice, and bitters if you're using bitters in a mixing glass or shaker with a few handfuls of ice.
  • 3
    Stir well with a spoon to chill the drink.
  • 4
    In a small food processor, coffee grinder, or with a mortar and pestle, combine sugar and crystallized ginger. Pulse to combine and make ginger sugar.
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    Rub the rim of your glass with a lemon wedge to wet it, then dip the glass in the ginger sugar to give it a nice rim.
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    Add a maraschino cherry to the bottom of your glass if you want. Then add all the chilled drink. Try to pour carefully so it doesn't mess up the pretty rim!
  • 7
    If you want, top with a splash of soda which will give the drink some bubbles.
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More About This Recipe

  • The only real restaurant experience I've ever had is behind the bar. This is ironic; I mainly write about food and cooking and I've never actually worked in a professional kitchen.

    Booze though. Booze I know. I'm a professional.

    People do some crazy stuff with drinks these days. I mean heck, just look at the latest Taste of Adventure blogger, Michelle, from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen. She’s doing some pretty mind blowing things with jelly shots.

    I'm a simple man, though. So I'm giving you a simple cocktail that has a few ingredients but tastes really unique. I think it will really wow your friends over the holidays.

    I call it The Kiss and Tell because when you kiss it, you're gonna want to tell somebody about it. It's that good.

    The awesome thing about The Kiss and Tell is that it can be served over ice, chilled up in a martini glass, out of a punch bowl, or even warmed out of a slow cooker. It has a lot of different possibilities - kind of like kisses.

    The base of this drink is just bourbon and apple juice, which is a very winter combination. They work great together as-is. You could mix these two over ice and call it a day.

    To spice it up a bit though, I recommend making some ginger sugar, which is, just crystallized ginger and sugar combined in a small food processor, coffee grinder, or with a mortar and pestle. If you don't have any of those things, you could mash the ginger up with a fork and stir it together that way.

    Use a lemon wedge to wet the edge of your glass and dip it in ginger sugar before you pour in the drink to take The Kiss and Tell to another level. The ginger and apple combination is fantastic!

    There are a few optional items that you can toss in if you have them. I really love bitters in almost any drink with whiskey or bourbon in it, so a dash of that definitely doesn't hurt. A maraschino cherry just looks pretty in the glass. And the soda water at the end gives the drink some bubbles which some people like.

    You can dress it up or dress it down, but it's hard to go wrong with this guy. Give it a shot if you're serving cocktails at any of your holiday parties!

    Nick uses bourbon and apple juice for fuel on his blog, Macheesmo and for his Tablespoon profile.
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