Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion Fall

6 Delicious Apple Cocktails to Kick Off Fall

Autumn Bloom. Image: The Frosted Petticoat

Here comes fall, a time to shun the citrus and berries and instead reach for more seasonally appropriate mixers for your cocktail. Apples work beautifully in pie, but they can also do wonders in your adult beverage. And there are so many ways to incorporate its flavors, from calvados to cider to those those gorgeous fan garnishes you see on Instagram. We asked our DrinkWire contributors what they were mixing up this fall with the surplus of apples and rounded up some of our favorites.

  • Fall in Vermont

    Justin Hyjek

    This homage to autumn in the Northeast calls on the classic pairing of apple and cinnamon. They’re just the right cozy flavors to highlight rye whiskey and keep you warm near a fireplace all season long.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Justin Hyjek.

  • Pomme Royle

    Will Krepop

    Are you a fan of sparkling wine in cocktails? Try subbing in dry apple cider this season and see where the flavors take you. It’s a great way to update your drinks for the changing weather.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Will Krepop.

  • I Tried It, No Poison

    Justin Simko

    If you love a Moscow Mule, try this fall-inspired version. Swapping in bourbon for vodka and the addition of an apple shrub keep things appropriately seasonal and even lend some extra complexity.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Justin Simko.

  • Two G’s and a P

    Be a Little Bitter

    A little muddled apple and ginger start this cocktail off on the right foot. Add in additional fall favorites like pear and cinnamon, and you’ll be convinced this is your new seasonal standby.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Be a Little Bitter.

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  • Good Apple

    Boxes and Booze

    The Old Pal, much like the Negroni, has a simple formula that’s ripe for manipulation. This Old Pal variation uses apple brandy, in place of rye whiskey, and some cedar bitters for extra depth.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Boxes and Booze.

  • Apple Bloom

    Autumn Bloom. The Frosted Petticoat

    No need for any fancy ingredients or infusions here—just grab that fresh apple juice. Served in a coupe with a thin apple slice as garnish even looks like the epitome of fall.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor The Frosted Petticoat.