From Alicia Blegen, Bar Primi, New York
A rising New York cocktail star, Blegen mixes a centuries-old American brandy with two bitter Italian amari and clove to create a nuanced spin on apple juice for adults. Try one after dinner.
½ oz. clove syrup (see below)
1½ oz. Laird’s bonded apple brandy
½ oz. Cardamaro
½ oz. CioCiaro amaro
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. Fentimans ginger beer
Clove syrup: Combine 1 cup each water and granulated sugar with 12 whole cloves in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cool and strain before using. Combine syrup with the next four ingredients and ice in a cocktail shaker; shake for 30 seconds, then strain over ice into a Collins glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a dried, clove-studded apple wheel.