It all started with a joke. After a long day of work, rummaging through the fridge, Nate stared at a bottle of Jack Daniel’s and a half-gallon of cider. “I think I’m going to make an apple sui-cider,” he joked, scouring the fridge for anything else we had on hand.
“Sui-cider?! That’s a recipe!” I shouted. Suddenly, he couldn’t simply enjoy a drink and a laid-back evening. His pun was too good. It had to become a legit recipe! After searching the fridge, he found some Cointreau, an orange-flavored liqueur, and we settled on giving the drink a cinnamon-sugar rim, just to garnish it. Still, he wasn’t satisfied. After all, if this was going to be a riff on a “suicide,” that drink where you combine all sorts of beverages haphazardly, creating a concoction that has an 82 percent chance of being dreadful and an 18 percent chance of awesome, it needed to be a bit crazier than whiskey, apple cider and a splash of orange liqueur.
It needed more of a tangy kick, we decided, reaching for a splash of lime juice. It adds a crisp, bold flavor, rounding out the combination of fruitiness and cinnamon spice. If you’re not into lime juice, and you want a super-powerful concoction, you could amp up the cinnamon with a shot of Fireball. Two kinds of whiskey can be potent, and pricey, though, so watch out.
For a calmer “Suicider,” try a splash of seltzer in place of lime juice or Fireball as your wildcard addition. Your call. This blend worked for us, and we wanted to share it with you.
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp Jack Daniel's whiskey
- 1 tbsp Cointreau
- 1/2 tsp lime juice
- 4 tbsp apple cider
- 1 apple, sliced
- Combine cinnamon and sugar on a shallow plate. Dip the mouth of each drinking glass in water, then in the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat the rim.
- Pour whiskey, Cointreau, lime juice and cider in a glass, stirring to combine. Add ice if desired.
- Garnish with apple slices and serve.