With all the flavors of a crisp fall day, this apple old fashioned is created with your favorite bourbon and delicious apple cider simple syrup.
This delicious fall and winter cocktail is NOT a cinnamon apple old fashioned. We’re skipping the cinnamon stick, apple butter, and even the apple whiskey and apple brandy for this drink. Instead we’re using your favorite bourbon in your home bar and getting the spice from aromatic bitters.
Sweetened with apple cider syrup that’s infused with sage, orange peel and lemon peel, an apple old fashioned is a delicious twist of a classic cocktail, perfect for a fall cocktail hour.
How to Make an Apple Old Fashioned
Stir well for 10-15 seconds.
Strain your cocktail into a rocks glass with a large ice cube in it.
Express a piece of orange peel over your cocktail and drop the peel into the glass. Garnish with 1-2 cocktail cherries or apple slices. Enjoy!
Recipe for Homemade Apple Cider Syrup
Get my recipe for Apple Cider Syrup! It’s full of fall flavor and easy to make.
- Make your syrup ahead of time. Apple Cider Syrup keeps for a couple of weeks, so feel free to make it several days ahead of time so it’s ready for cocktail hour. Using hot or room temperature syrup will cause the ice in your drink to melt too quickly and you’ll end up with a watered-down cocktail.
- If it’s not apple cider season or you can’t find apple cider, substitute a non-filtered apple juice like Simply Apple when making your syrup.
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FAQs and Substitutions
Use your favorite straight or rye bourbon in this recipe. Just avoid any bourbons with added flavors like honey, cinnamon, or apple. I like Four Roses Single Barrel or Buffalo Trace bourbon in my old fashioned cocktails.
Yes. But if you don’t have time or just don’t want to make Apple Cider Syrup, you can replace it with brown sugar syrup in this recipe and use apple cider instead of the orange juice.
No. Squeeze a fresh orange or clementine for this cocktail. It makes a BIG difference.
Walnut bitters would be a delicious substitute if you don’t have aromatic bitters on hand.