Combine the ginger cider, sweet cider, salt and 1 cup water in an airtight container. Tie the juniper, peppercorns and bay leaves up in some cheesecloth to keep it together (this is called a sachet). Rinse the chicken wings, then add them to the container and store, refrigerated, overnight or for up to two days.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, oregano, and salt in a large bowl. Remove the wings from the brine and rinse thoroughly. Rub the wings with the spice mixture and place on a baking sheet. Bake until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached, 30 to 45 minutes. Serve with Fiery Apple Wing Sauce.
Fiery Apple Wing Sauce:
Combine the hot sauce, cider, cider syrup, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne in a large saucepan. Cook for 30 to 45 minutes on medium heat.
Melt the butter in a separate saucepan. Once the sauce base has cooked down slowly, stream the melted butter into the base while whisking thoroughly to emulsify.
This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.
Recipe courtesy of Citizen Cider Tasting Room, Burlington, VT