Try Jonathan Zapf's creation at Brewski's Steak House.
Try Jonathan Zapf's creation at Brewski's Steak House. (Photo: Linda Baehring)

Paint the Town Red: Jonathan Zapf's "Caramel Covered Apple"

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Caramel Covered Apple

2 parts Maker's Mark® Bourbon
1 part Vanilla Schnapps
1.5 part Apple Pie Liquor
1.25 part Cranberry Cocktail

Mix all ingredients together and shake in to a martini glass drizzled
with caramel.

Jonathan Zapf's Maker's Mark creation came as the result of trial and error.

Zapf, a bartender at Brewski's Steak House, 6240 W. Bluemound Rd., finally settled on this concoction, which he says works for both men and women, before or after dinner.

"It's probably not something to enjoy with a steak," he says, "but would work well before your meal and works well as a "dessert drink," too."

The cranberry and caramel make for a sweet contrast to the subtle bite of bourbon.

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