Apple Cocktails for Every Spirit


Apple Cocktails

With the variety of apples spilling out of farmers market stalls this time of year, we simply cannot narrow down which apple is our favorite. One thing is for sure–we want to put on our mixology hat and experiment with some apple cocktails. We decided to have some fun and the resulting cocktails will give you as many varieties as there are apples on the market!

Johnny A’s Cider Martini

Johnny A Cider Martini

A good cocktail balances tartness against sweetness, just like a peak-of-season apple. This delish cocktail brings that balance to perfection.

Tools: Cocktail shaker, strainer, muddler

Glass: Martini or Coupe
Extras:  thin crosswise slice of lady apple for garnish

Servings: 2 cocktails


  • 4 oz. Vodka
  • 2 oz. Apple Cider
  • 2 oz. Maple syrup
  • 1 Lady Apple – chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into quarters


In cocktail shaker, muddle together apple cubes and lime wedges. Add ice to shaker, then add in maple syrup, cider and vodka. Shake well and use a fine wire strainer. Double strain mixture into cocktail glasses. Garnish with apple slice.

Bourbon Cider


Enjoy a little whiskey rebellion with this apple-and-bourbon recipe straight out of Louisville, Kentucky.

Pom Pomme

pom-pommeSource: Autumn Giles

Pomegranates (the pom) and apples (the pomme) are the stars of this sparkling drink. Crispin Original hard cider is a perfect autumnal stand-in for bubbly, and Laird’s Apple Brandy lends another layer of apple flavor.

Start Me Up!


Nothing like a little gin to rev up your engine. The combination of apple cider and ginger liqueur (we recommend Domaine Canton) will turbo-charge your fall evening.

Cinnamon Toast Cocktail

Cinnamon Toast CocktailSource:

This cocktail is a blend of apple cider and delicious spiced rum. A cinnamon sugar rim adorns the glass. This is the perfect cocktail to enjoy as a grownup version of that age-old favorite warm apple cider.

Fresh apple cocktails are perfect for entertaining and we hope these cocktails help you forget about those glow-stick green apple martinis. Instead, check out these new cocktails because shaking fresh apple essences with spirits will help bring out apple’s warm autumnal character. Enjoy!