Prepare a pitcher of the Orchard Fizz for your next fall gathering
In our October issue, designer Shayla Copas shared her tips for entertaining outdoors in the fall. One of those was suggestions was to serve a batch-made cocktail. Here, she gives us the recipe for the crowd-pleasing Orchard Fizz, a crisp, fruity drink perfect for enjoying with friends.
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
3 sage leaves
6 ounces vodka
4 ounces orange liquor
1 1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup apple cider
2 large lemons, juiced
12 ounces sparkling water
2 Granny Smith apples, sliced, for garnish
1 orange, zested, for garnish
1/2 cup cranberries, for garnish
pinch sage leaves, for garnish
In a small pot, bring water, honey, and ginger to a boil. While stirring, continue to boil for four minutes. Add sage leaves; remove from heat and cover. Let cool, then pour through a strainer into a pitcher.
Add vodka, orange liquor, apple juice, apple cider, and lemon juice, and stir. Chill. When ready to serve, add sparkling water. Pour over ice and garnish with sage leaves, cranberries, orange zest, and a slice of Granny Smith apple.
Tip: To keep the apple garnish from browning, squeeze a bit of lemon juice onto each side of the wedge as soon as they are cut.
Photo by Rett Peek