The Honeymoon is over. Thankfully, I can have another one tonight.
First appearing in Brown Derby-era Hollywood, the Honeymoon Cocktail features one of my favorite ingredients — applejack.
Applejack has been around since colonial times. And according to Wikipedia:
In New Jersey, applejack was used as currency to pay road construction crews during the colonial period. A slang expression for the beverage was Jersey Lightning.
I’ve used the cider spirit in place of whiskey in a few cocktails, including the venerable Manhattan (call it a “Big Apple Manhattan”?).
Some prepare the Honeymoon as an “equal parts” cocktail — that is, 3/4 oz each ingredient. I prefer a little more Applejack.
2 oz. Laird’s Applejack
1/2 oz. Benedictine
1/2 oz. orange curacao (Cointreau might be better)
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1 lemon peel
Fill a coupe glass and a shaker with ice. Pour all ingredients into the shaker and, well, shake it. Dump the ice out of coupe glass and strain the mixture in. Garnish with the lemon twist and let the Honeymoon begin.