Fall flavors like apple and cinnamon are perfect pairings for a delicious and seasonally appropriate cocktail. Applejack and calvados make it easy to add apple flavor to any of the traditional cocktails you enjoy – think apple martini, old fashioned, etc. – and you’ll be hard-pressed not to find one that you like. Check out these 11 apple-inspired recipes and put them on your rotation asap.
1. Moonshine Apple Pie Cocktail
Moonshine whiskey, cinnamon, vanilla, apple cider, and apple liqueur pack a punch. If you can’t find moonshine feel free to substitute with bourbon or whiskey. Get the recipe here.
2. Gingerbread Apple Cocktail
Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur and a vanilla vodka make this a very sweet cocktail that’s garnished with crushed gingerbread. Use honey or agave to get the cookies to stick to the rim. Get the recipe here.
3. Hot Buttered Apple Cider
Calvados is the star of the show in this take on hot buttered rum. Cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice flavor the brown sugar and butter mixture. Make it ahead of time and freeze individual ice cubes so that you can just reheat them with cider one cup at a time. Get the recipe here.
4. Winter Old-Fashioned Cocktail
This old fashioned is a great take on an old classic. Use calvados or applejack and garnish with a fresh pear or apple slice. Get the recipe here.
5. Mulled Apple Cider
A simple recipe for apple cider, this cider calls out to be used as a mixer for rum, whiskey, or brandy. Black peppercorns and allspice berries add a pleasant peppery note. Get our Mulled Apple Cider recipe.
6. Apple Barrel Cocktail
This perfectly autumnal cocktail contains Becherovka, a spicy, bittersweet Czech liqueur that is herbal in nature and pairs beautifully with the cognac and apple brandy. Get the recipe here.
7. Pisco Apple Sour
Pisco, lemon juice, and the juice of a Granny Smith green apple lend tartness to this apple sour recipe. Add maple syrup to taste for a hint of sweetness. Get the recipe here.
8. Green Apple Sparkler
Sugar, water, and lime are combined into a syrup and you can easily make this drink alcoholic with the addition of vodka or gin. Try adding some Saint-Germaine or prosecco to the mix. Get our Green Apple Sparkler recipe.
9. Apple Cinnamon Calvados Old Fashioned
Calvados, cinnamon bark syrup, and angostura bitter make this a fruity take on a traditional old fashioned. You can serve this drink hot or cold – it also makes a delicious punch. Get the recipe here.
10. Smoky Hot Scotch Apple Cider
Honey, cinnamon, and lemon flavor this soothing warm blend of spices, cider, and scotch. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon peel. Get our Smoky Hot Scotch Apple Cider recipe.
11. Apple Martini
Apple schnapps and apple juice are combined for a sweet and fruity martini that you can make with gin or vodka. Shake with ice and garnish with a fresh apple slice (or even an apple gummy ring). Get our Apple Martini recipe.
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Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.