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What about them apples?

Apples in the fall are about as classic as sweaters and jeans. Once it gets to apple picking season, there are a number of options of what do with all those apples! Make a pie? Sure Make a cocktail? Definitely. I spent some time using my apples to make Apple Liqueur which is both a fun process and also very tasty. This adds to the apple flavors and makes every cocktail feel more like fall.

Apple Liqueur is a combination of Brandy, Apples, and simple syrup flavored with cinnamon, anise, and any other spices you want to add. It takes about two weeks and tastes like a wonderful alcohol version of an apple pie. I was unsure about the process until I got the result and I'm just so happy about it! It's definitely a great addition to my cocktail collection and bar. I've included a few recipes for you to try to get you into the apple season.

Apple Chance at Love

Champagne cocktail


Extra Dry Brut Champagne

1 1/2 oz Apple cider

1 oz Apple Liqueur

1/2 oz Campari

3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Garnish: Apple Slice

Recipe: In a mixing glass, pour apple cider, campari, apple liqueur and bitters. Stir and pour into a chilled champagne flute. Top with Extra Dry Champagne or Cava. Garnish with an apple slice.

Apple Fashioned

Bourbon Apple cocktail


2 oz Bourbon

1 oz Apple Liqueur

3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

1 sugar cube

Garnish: Apple Slice

Recipe: In a mixing glass, pour bourbon and Apple Liqueur. Stir. In an old fashioned glass, muddle bitters and sugar cube. Pour from mixing glass and add ice. Garnish with an Apple slice.

Apple-ing Whiskey Time

Irish Whiskey cocktail


2 oz Irish Whiskey

1 oz Apple Liqueur

Ginger Ale

Recipe: In a double old fashioned glass, pour whiskey and apple liqueur. Stir and add ice. Top with Ginger ale.

Who needs Apple Pie?

Vodka Martini


2 oz Dutch Chocolate Vodka

1 1/2 oz Apple Liqueur

1/2 oz Campari

1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Garnish: Cinnamon and Sugar Rim

Recipe: In a shaker with ice, pour chocolate vodka, apple liqueur, campari, and simple syrup. Shake until cold. On a plate pour cinnamon and sugar. Wet and rim chilled martini glass with cinnamon and sugar. Pour from shaker and enjoy!

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