3 medium gala apples, sliced
1 cup water
3/4 cup apple cider (fresh is best!)
1 lemon, juiced
2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1-2 teaspoons granulated or superfine sugar
2/3 cup (5oz) bourbon
additional gala apples and fresh thyme for garnish
Add apples, water, cider, lemon juice, maple syrup and sugar to blender. Process about a minute or until smooth.
Place a fine mesh sieve over the top of a pitcher and pour blender mixture through the sieve, pressing with a rubber spatula to remove all liquid down into the pitcher. Discard solids.
Stir in bourbon and chill for an hour or two. Serve over ice. Garnish