Apple Cocktails

Sparkling Apple Cocktail from Andrea Meyers

Hurray for Fall! I’ve been saying that a lot lately, but it needs to be said because Fall is wonderful. This is the season for apples, so I’ve rounded up some great apple cocktails. Many use applejack (aka apple brandy), which is a spirit that you should try if you haven’t already. (If you’d like to try more applejack-based cocktails, check out this post.)

Addams’ Apple ~ This is a very autumnal drink indeed, with applejack, apple cider, allspice dram, and a few dashes of orange bitters. If you’ve been playing along at home with some of my DIY drinks projects, you could use homemade allspice dram and DIY orange bitters.

The Sidewalker ~ I love maple syrup in cocktails, so mixing it with applejack, lemon, and apple cider vinegar and then topping off with some wheat beer is a totally intriguing idea to me. Sounds like a good afternoon sipper.

Apple Toddy ~ Possibly the coziest drink in the world, this warm cocktail includes baked apples and your choice of applejack, Cognac, or bourbon. If you don’t have a fireplace, you should probably put one in so you can drink this in front of it.

Sparkling Apple Cocktail ~ Who can say no to a drink made with Cognac, apple, and sparkling wine? The answer is no one, that’s who. Sounds like a Thanksgiving cocktail option to me!

Portero Buck ~ It’s not just about applejack and Cognac this season. This drink combines gin, apple juice, lime, ginger beer, and basil for a unusual but totally addictive Fall cocktail.

Apple Brandy Cocktails

Nouveau Sangaree from Serious Eats

Usually when we say “brandy,” we mean brandy made from grapes. But brandy can be distilled from all sorts of fruits. Apple brandy (also known as calvados or applejack) is a very flexible and freakin’ delicious spirit. So if you’re looking to expand your horizons beyond the typical vodka, gin, whiskey, or tequila options, go for apple brandy!

Here are some cocktails to try with your new friend, apple brandy:

Calvados Sidecar ~ The Sidecar is one of my favorite cocktails. It’s simple and delicious. Using calvados (or applejack) instead of Cognac is a fun substitution.

La Vita e Bella ~ This creative combination of calvados with sparkling wine and Campari along with a little brown sugar and grenadine is a playful balance between fruity and bitter.

The Normandy ~ Using green apple and brown sugar with a little lemon juice makes for a sophisticated, apple-pie-in-a-glass experience.

Harvest Sour ~ A classic twist on the sour, with rye, applejack, lemon, and an egg white foam looks great but is so easy to make.

Nouveau Sangaree ~ Leave it to PDT to come up with a cocktail that mixes red wine, maple syrup, and applejack for an amazing and unique drink.