Liquid IntelligenceFriday Happy Hour: The Bacardi Apple Bite By Lisa McLaughlin September 23, 2016 This fall-inspired cocktail has a culinary twist -- an apple gastrique. The tartness of the apple gastrique provides a contrast is paired to the sweet oakiness of Bacardi's Gran Reserva Ocho Años, a super-premium mixing rum. Mixologist Juan Coronado says: “Gastriques can dress up food or cocktails. The apple gastrique in the Bacardi Apple Bite imparts a nice and settled acidity and mellow sweetness. This cocktail has an elegant balance and a beautiful aroma of caramelized apples that I personally can enjoy all year round.” Bacardi Apple Bite · 2 parts BACARDI Gran Reserva Ocho Años · 1 part Apple gastrique* · Apple chip Method: Stir all ingredients with ice until very cold, strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with an apple chip. *Apple Gastrique · 1 cup of fresh apple juice · 1 cup of rice vinegar · 1 cup of white sugar Method: Mix all ingredients to dissolve the sugar, allow it to simmer over medium heat. Let it cool off and refrigerate after use.