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Gin • Sweet
Apples to Apples

You can’t deny the hunger-slaying power of homemade pancakes or waffles in the morning. But even the sweetest of tooths can sometimes be overwhelmed by all the accompanying fruit, maple syrup and whipped cream first thing in the morning. Unless, of course, the meal comes with a refreshing, balanced drink to cut some of the sweetness. At Miami’s Yardbird, Daniel Toral pairs the restaurant’s over-the-top strawberry dulce de leche waffles with this ultra-refreshing gin and apple cider cocktail. “It has a tart finish that works with multiple flavor profiles and cuts the sweetness of a waffle or pancake dish,” he says. “It drinks like lemonade, which helps reset your palate after every bite and swig.”

The Essentials

apple cider
Hard cider
The Details
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1 oz Gin
1 oz Sloe gin
.5 oz lemon juice
1 oz apple cider
Angostura bitters
Hard cider
Apple slice


  • Add the gin, lemon, apple cider and Angostura bitters to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a highball glass.
  • Fill the glass with ice and top with hard cider.
  • Garnish with an apple slice.