Ingredients:8 Autumn Glory apples, washed and dried, plus an extra apple, thinly sliced, for garnish1-2 cinnamon sticks1 cup granulated sugar1 cup water1 small bunch of rosemary, chopped coarsely and divided1 tablespoon black peppercorns, divided2 lemons, halved1/2 cup tequila
To make the homemade apple juice/syrupCut the apples into slices, removing the core but leaving the skin.Place the apple slices and cinnamon stick(s) in a large stockpot and cover them just barely with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, cooking for 25-30 minutes until the apples have softened. Set aside to cool.
To make the black pepper rosemary simple syrupCombine the sugar, water, rosemary (all but 1 tablespoon and two sprigs for garnish) and half of the black peppercorns. Bring to a boil, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
To make the black pepper rosemary saltChop the remaining rosemary and grind the remaining black peppercorns (this amounts to a few good grinds from a pepper grinder) and blend it with kosher salt. Alternatively, you can use a pre-prepared rosemary salt like the version from Jacobsen Salt Co.
To make the margaritasWhen all of the ingredients have cooled to room temp, it’s time to make the margaritas.Spread the rosemary black pepper salt on a small flat dessert dish.Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and the juice of the two lemons.Add 1/2 cup of the apple juice, the tequila, and 1/4 cup of the rosemary black pepper simple syrup.Rim two cocktail glasses with the cut side of the lemons, and then coat the rims with the rosemary black pepper salt.Fill the glasses with ice, and then put the lid on the shaker and give it a good shake.Strain the margaritas into the two glasses.Add the garnish – the rosemary sprig and a few pieces of the sliced apple.
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