In the US, we have approximately 7,500 apple producers who collectively grow 240 million bushels of apples on average each year across 322 thousand total acres of land.

It is the perfect occasion to enjoy apple-picking with family and friends, savoring homemade apple pies and infusing apples in to your favorite savory and sweet recipes.

For Caorunn Gin Master, Simon Buley, who uses a combination of traditional gin botanicals and locally foraged Celtic botanicals (Rowan Berry, dandelion, bog myrtle, Scottish heather and Coul Blush Apple) to make Caorunn Gin, the Caorunn + Tonic Perfect Serve is always prepared with a Coul Blush apple, a dessert apple unique to northern Scotland, which brings a crisp acidity and a clean, sweet taste perfectly complementing the other botanicals.

While Coul Blush Apples are native to Scotland and have been grown in Ross-Shire since 1827, we recommend Honey Crisp, Autumn Glory, Aurora or Golden Delicious apples to try the Caorunn + Tonic Perfect Serve here in the U.S.

Mix up these seven apple inspired cocktails to celebrate the season.

Caorunn + Tonic Perfect Serve, bottle and glass on white

Caorunn + Tonic Perfect Serve

Caorunn + Tonic Perfect Serve

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Caorunn
  • 2 parts Premium Tonic Water

Preparation: Build over ice in a tall glass and garnish with red apple slices.


Autumn Garden G&T on white

Autumn Garden G&T

Autumn Garden G&T

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Caorunn Gin
  • 2 parts Premium Tonic Water
  • 1 Red Delicious Apple
  • Rhubarb
  • Ginger

Preparation: Build ingredients in a highball glass over cubed ice. Garnish with finely cut rhubarb, apple julienne strips and a slice of ginger.


Orchard Negroni on marble top, ornate background

Orchard Negroni

Orchard Negroni

Created by Steve Mazzuca and Hector Videla for Bathtub Gin, NYC

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Caorunn Gin
  • 1/4 oz. Laird’s Applejack Brandy
  • 1/4 oz. Cynar
  • 1/2 oz. Apple Syrup*
  • 1 dash Organic Apple Bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 spritz Bitter Truth Pimento Dram

Preparation: Spritz a rocks glass with the Pimento Dram to coat. Add all ingredients into the glass with ice and stir. Garnish with a dehydrated apple slice and cinnamon stick.

*Apple Syrup

Made with Organic Red Gala Apples, Granny Smith Apples, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Cloves. Bring equal parts sugar and water to a boil with one-half Red Gala apple, two cinnamon sticks and, three cloves. Allow sugar to completely dissolve, then cool for two hours.


Apple Vesper, mason jars, green apples

Apple Vesper

Apple Vesper

Created by Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Caorunn Gin
  • 1 oz. Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
  • 1 oz. Lillet or Dry Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Baked Apple Bitters (Optional)

Preparation: Stir ingredients very well with ice and strain over 1 large ice cube into a rocks glass. Garnish with a floating star anise and apple slice on rim of glass.


Scottish Autumn, marble top

Scottish Autumn

Scottish Autumn

(Serves: 20)

Ingredients:

  • 1 750 ml bottle Caorunn Gin
  • 1 750 ml bottle Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
  • 1/2 liter Apple Cider
  • 1/2 liter Lemonade
  • 1 bottle Sparkling Wine

Preparation: Add ingredients directly into a punch bowl. Add lots of ice and stir to chill and dilute approximately 10 minutes before serving. Ladle out into glasses. Garnish with floating lemon wheels and apple slices inside the punch bowl. Into each glass, one apple slice.


Apple Smash on white

Apple Smash

Caorunn Apple Smash

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 oz. Caorunn Gin
  • 5 oz. Premium Tonic Water
  • 1/4 Red Apple
  • 1/4 Green Apple
  • 2 Cloves

Preparation: Muddle quartered apples with Caorunn in a cocktail shaker. Add cloves and shake hard until cold. Double strain into a tall glass over cubed ice and top with tonic water. Garnish with thinly sliced red and green apples.


Apple Twist

Apple Twist

Caorunn Apple Twist

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 oz. Caorunn Gin
  • 3 oz. Pressed Apple Juice
  • 5 oz. Premium Tonic Water

Preparation: Add cubed ice to a tall glass, add gin, freshly pressed apple juice then tonic. Stir after adding thinly sliced apples and lemon wheels until evenly spread throughout.