Apple cocktails are the taste of fall


Whether it is the first day of fall or Halloween, apple cocktails are the perfect pairing for the season. Who’s ready to toast the change of seasons?

Apple cocktails highlight a popular fall flavor. From warm spiced notes to tart apple, these cocktails are the perfect fit for a cool, crisp fall night. All these delightful fall cocktails will have you forgetting about that pumpkin spice latte. Who’s ready for a libation?

From the traditional stop at the apple orchard to a visit to the local farmers market, apples are bountiful in the fall. While the apple cider donut or a homemade apple crisp is a delightful sweet treat, some adults might prefer their apples in cocktail form.

Creating apple cocktails doesn’t mean just adding some liquor to apple cider. The idea with many of these types of cocktails is to elevate the apple flavor in an interesting way. One way is to infuse apple flavor into the liquor itself.

Infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka, photo provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Tito’s Handmade Vodka recommends a Tito’s Apple Infusion for some of its fall apple cocktails. To create this infusion, add a sliced apple to a mason jar and fill the jar with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. The vodka should be stored in the refrigerator for three to five days. The resulting flavored vodka has clean, crisp apple flavor that can be used in any craft cocktail.

For example, that Tito’s Apple Infusion can be used in a variety of vodka cocktails. From a twist on the classic mule to a sweeter martini, the possibilities are many. Also, you could even use the apples from the infusion as puree or a juice for the cocktail.

Fall Sangria, photo provided by Smirnoff

Speaking of fruit infused cocktails, a sangria doesn’t have to be just a summer drink. Move that classic drink into the fall season by using apples. A simple sangria using Smirnoff Ice Raspberry, white wine, Smirnoff No. 21 and white grape juice gets a boost of fall flavor from all the apples in the garnish.

If you are looking for a bright, bold apple cocktail, the Green Apple Smash is a perfect choice. This cocktail uses Smirnoff Green Apple, ginger beer and bourbon. The three ingredients get a burst of herbal notes with a garnish of rosemary. This intriguing cocktail will surprise you.

Green Apple Smash, photo provided by Smirnoff

For a very easy, apple cocktail, a Spice Orchard is a wonderful option. While Angry Orchard is a great apple choice throughout the year, a little twist can make it perfect for fall. For a Spice Orchard combine Angry Orchard, rum, pumpkin spice syrup, lemon juice and lemon bitters. The brightness from the lemon balances the sweetness from the pumpkin spice syrup. This cocktail is definitely a fall favorite.

One popular apple treat during fall is the caramel apple. While that sweet treat is yummy, adults might prefer to sip their caramel apple. HI-CHEW has transformed its new Caramel Apple candy into a perfect fall cocktail. HI-CHEW recommends infusing Applejack with the candy. The ratio is 1 candy piece to 1 ounce of liquor. Combine the liquor with warm apple cider and a bit of lemon juice. This apple cocktail will keep that fall chill away.

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Are you ready for fall? Apple cocktails are the perfect way to toast the change of seasons. Which apple cocktail will you be sipping this weekend?