The rich history of Loudoun County brings Lansdowne Resort and Spa closer to connect to its roots with a very authentic local fruit such as the Virginia apple. The native Virginia apple was a small bitter crab apple, introduced from Europe around 1622 when the Virginia Company sent seedlings from European apples. Virginia’s climate of warm days and cool nights and consistent rainfall were ideal for apple growing. Apples were an important crop for the new settlers. They provided cider, the beverage of choice, feed for the livestock, and a food source for baking and cooking.
Today, Virginia apples are still very useful and some of the most desired in the country. Lansdowne Resort and Spa incorporates this fruit to create a Luscious Apple Pie cocktail.
“Luscious Apple Pie” Cocktail
1.5 oz Oriental Apple Vodka
1.5 oz Vanilla Vodka
.5 oz Dramboui
1 oz Half & Half Splash of Goldschlager
¼ of an apple muddled
Muddle apple in liquors, add ice, add half & half to shaker & shake.
Strain into chilled martini glass & serve with a floating apple slice.