Apple Frost

APPLE FROST

1 oz bourbon
1/2 oz pear brandy
2 oz apple juice
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz Falernum syrup or honey
Lemon slices
Cinnamon
Sugar or artificial sweetener

To Make:
[1] Combine bourbon, brandy, apple and lemon juices, and syrup or honey in an ice-filled shaker. [2] Shake vigorously; strain over ice into a tall glass with a cinnamon-sugared rim (rub a slice of lemon around the rim; dip the rim into a mix of cinnamon and sugar). [3] Garnish with a lemon wheel. [4] Serve.

Remember Her Name
Research from the University of Massachusetts Lowell shows that drinking apple juice may increase production in the brain of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, a chemical responsible for memory-meaning after a couple of these, you actually have a better chance of remembering the face you wake up next to in the morning.

Banish Bad Breath
Are your dragon fumes keeping chicks at bay? A University of Illinois study found that cinnamic aldehyde, a chemical compound in cinnamon, reduces bad-breath bacteria in the mouth. So go ahead, pull your girl close -- as long as you have this drink in the other hand.

Protect Yourself
Feel a cold coming on? The brandy in this drink should help: Researchers at Monash University in Australia found that a single shot of the liquor contains enough antioxidants to equal the daily recommended intake of vitamin C.

Sweeten The Deal
Falernum, a sweet syrup flavored with lime, clove, and almond, comes in alcoholic (made with rum) and nonalcoholic versions. If you can't find it, make the drink with honey. And don't worry about the carbs: Honey doesn't cause the blood-sugar spike and subsequent crash that goes along with sugar. Plus, it contains polyphenolic antioxidants, which help fight cholesterol and destroy artery-clogging plaque.

Nutrition facts for drink shown (made with honey): 176 calories, 21 g carbs, 0 g fat

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