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Golden Purl

Image: Linnea Covington

A purl is an old-school English drink classically involving hot ale with or without warming spices and a nice dollop of gin. In this recipe, the ale is replaced with warm sparkling cider. Sound weird? On the contrary, the fizz adds a refreshing essence and works well with the booze. The maple adds a hefty, buttery quality to the mix. You may sip this drink and think it's laden with citrus, but save for the bitters and garnish, there's none. If you want something with a little less oomph, opt for nonalcoholic cider.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “6 Gin Drinks Perfect for Sipping by the Fireplace.”



  1. Heat up the cider until hot and stir in the maple syrup until dissolved.

  2. Pour into a glass mug and add the gin.

  3. Stir again and top with the bitters.

  4. Garnish with an orange peel.