Apple Spiced Martini

apple spiced martini“I love enjoying apples when they’re at their best,” says chef  Marcus Samuelsson of this cocktail. “And the spices remind me of apple pie.”

2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. apple-spiced simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: coupe
Garnish: apple fan

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish.

Apple-Spiced Simple Syrup: Combine 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 tsp. of ground ginger, 1 tsp. of ground allspice, 1 tsp. of ground nutmeg, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 slice of a red apple, 1/4-inch thick, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan, bring to a boil and stir to combine. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Double strain into an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.

Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster, Harlem