Summer Cocktails: The Jersey Cocktail

This hard cider cocktail is another from Jerry Thomas’ bartending guide.  It’s easy and icey and perfect for hot days.  Made with a dash of bitters, it tastes like a summer version of mulled cider.
The Jersey Cocktail
From How to Mix Drinks by Jerry Thomas, 1862.
1 teaspoon simple syrup
2 dashes bitters
Hard cider
Lemon peel
Fill a tumbler with crushed ice.  Add simple syrup and bitters, then fill glass with hard cider.  Stir until the glass becomes very cold and condensation appears.  Serve, garnished with a twist of lemon peel.

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