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Apples & Pears

Apples & Pears cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

This autumnal vodka cocktail by Charlotte Voisey contains all the fall flavors.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Stolichnaya Gala Applik vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces pear juice
  • 3/4 ounce vanilla-nutmeg syrup*
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 5 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Hard cider, to top (approximately 1 ounce)
  • Garnish: apple slice
  • Garnish: grated nutmeg


  1. Add all ingredients except the cider into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a double Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice.

  3. Top with the cider.

  4. Garnish with an apple slice and a sprinkle of grated nutmeg.

*Vanilla-nutmeg syrup: Combine 2 cups sugar, 2 tsp ground nutmeg, 6 vanilla beans (cut in half lengthwise) and 2 cups water in a small saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring until sugar is fully dissolved. Let syrup cool completely and strain into a closed container. Store in refrigerator.