Celebrate the start of Autumn with five apple forward spirits to use alone or in your next cocktail.
The leaves are about to change, pumpkin spice lattes are back on menus and apples are finally starting to ripen on trees! Adding a dose of apple flavor to your next cocktail is a great way to get ready for fall. Whether you’re swapping out spirits for a simple seasonal switch or looking for inspiration to build a new cocktail, we’re sharing five apple based spirits we love.
Created by fourth generation apple farmers, Cornelius Applejack is a stunning craft spirit perfect for fall. Harvest Spirits was born in 2007, but the family has been growing their own apples since 1957. The Cornelius Applejack line was launched in 2009 and is made entirely from apples grown on site at the family owned and operated orchard. The standard applejack is aged in oak for four+ years. Additionally, the brand makes a Distillers Reserve aged for 10+ years, as well as Cherry and Peach infused options.
Two American favorites in one! Ole Smoky combined the classic flavors of moonshine with ground cinnamon and apple juice for this Apple Pie Moonshine. The spirit is available in both 40 and 70 proof options. Perfect for easy fall cocktails, this moonshine mixes will with ginger beer, in hot toddies, and even as a shot with a draft beer.
Using a base of their famous Kentucky Straight Bourbon, the team at Evan Williams crafts their Apple Bourbon by blending in a crisp, green apple liqueur. The resulting spirit is a 70-proof, stunning copper liquid with a bold taste of juicy, sweet apple with hints of caramel and light spice notes.
After emigrating from Scotland in 1698, Alexander Laird began production of Applejack that has continued as a family tradition to this day. This elegant brandy ages in carefully selected aged barrels chosen by eighth generation Larrie Laird and Master Distiller Danny Swanson. The brandy is aged for a minimum of 12 years before being bottled by hand. The spirit should be served in a snifter glass at room temperature to allow the aromas of butter, ginger, and pastry to come through. On the palate, notes of cream, butter and fruit lead with a tart, apple-forward finish.
Founded on the idea that simplicity, transparency, and real ingredients make for a better spirit, Frankly Organic Vodka has been racking up awards and loyal fans since their launch. For their Apple Vodka they use sweet apples blended with lemon juice, ginger, wild cherry bark, a touch of maple syrup and a pinch of cayenne. The result is a complex spirit with layered flavor that will win over any drinker.