Originally called Adam’s Apple Martini, the Appletini became a crowd pleaser from the day it was invented at L.A. restaurant Lola’s in 1996. The original recipe simply used vodka and green apple schnapps, but we updated the modern classic with calvados and fresh Granny Smith apple juice.
This recipe originally appeared as part of The Appletini Is 21 Years Old. Is It Time to Rethink the Famous Cocktail?
Jeremy Allen, the head bartender and general manager at Los Angeles’ MiniBar, incorporates Four Roses bourbon, Laird’s apple brandy, fresh apple juice, apple cider vinegar and Fee Brothers black walnut bitters into this cocktail. Apple cider vinegar has long been considered healthful with a laundry list of potential benefits, including helping control blood sugar, supporting immune function and aiding digestion. The Apple Press “screams fall/ winter fireplace without being a hot drink,” says Allen. “It incorporates apple cider vinegar, which is helpful in preventing the onset of colds and the flu.”
No matter how much we fight it, as the weather turns cooler, imbibers turn to pumpkin spiced lattes. But instead of heading to the coffee shop for an overly sweet version, use the slow-cooker recipe by bartender Norma Beekman of Lexington, Ky.’s Lockbox at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, and make your own at home. Since the drink stays hot in the pot, you can serve it morning, noon and night. And for the boozy kick, you can spike it with a variety of spirits, such as dark rum, bourbon or Frangelico—the darker the better.
It’s hard to deny that spaghetti squash seems like a head-scratcher of a cocktail ingredient, much like tequila feels a little more sand and surf than sweaters and scarves. But in the Comrade, the woodsy depth of spaghetti squash and innate vegetative notes of tequila sally forth in entirely novel ways, shining a light on their versatility.
This Toddy recipe from New York bitters powerhouse Amor y Amargo is named for the butternut squash it’s made with. Substituting sugar pumpkin, though, is just a little bit more fun. The twee-looking pumpkin is typically no bigger than eight inches and lends a velvety texture to the cocktail. Plus it’s downright adorable. (Bonus: Pull double duty and roast the seeds.)
This surprisingly light grog is the crowd-pleasing autumn punch you didn’t even know you were missing. “Squash is amazingly flavorful and adds luscious texture to cocktails,” says Alejandro De La Parra, the bar manager at Teardrop Lounge. “[For this cocktail] we roasted the butternut squash with demerara sugar, mace, clove and allspice.”
This drink doubles as a dessert and cocktail in one. Two different approaches to preparing acorn squash allow the vegetable to flex its muscles in a couple of different directions. For the vegetable-cocktail skittish, though, never fear: Allspice and clove help the drink to retain a more traditional “nog” flavor profile while adding in a welcome dose of crispness.
For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“With 2.5 ounces of liquor, this is the perfect cocktail for an Oakland Raiders fan,” says bartender Martin Delgado of Prizefighter in Emeryville, Calif. “Bold and strong while pleasantly refreshing, that is always my take away from a Raiders tailgate and a Raiders win. And as we are the Raiders, rum was without question the base spirit! Go, Raiders!”
Hard to pronounce, easy to love.