What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘Applejack’? Maybe the once popular cereal by Kelloggs or a certain character on a children’s show, but the original applejack is more catered towards adults.
At one time, America’s original and most popular spirit in the colonial era, it is a strong alcoholic drink made from—what else—apples. Colonists used a freeze distilling method, where they essentially left barrels of hard cider and apple wine outside in winter and removed the ice that formed to increase the alcohol content, as the frozen water had a lower concentration of alcohol than the ethanol, which remained as a liquid due to its lower freezing point. Today, distilleries use more traditional (and safer) distilling methods. Either way, what results is a strong liquor similar to a whiskey that makes for a delicious fall addition to Happy Hour.