Apple a Day Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Posted on Oct 13, 2016

Apple a Day Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

This week, we’re drinking to the beginning of fall. One of our favorite ways to mark the changing of the seasons is to create a seasonally appropriate old fashioned recipe; it’s our version of the pumpkin spice latte.

While we think now of the old fashioned as a single, specific recipe (whiskey, sugar, Angostura bitters), it actually started as a category of cocktail, and in fact first and only category.

For this one, we chose gin as our base, mostly because our friends at Wigle have released a apple-brandy-barrel-rested one, which we felt was a good way to stick with gin and acknowledge autumn at the same time. A more straightforward gin would work just fine as well. The thing that’s absolutely necessary to , though, is the walnut bitters, which combine with the brown sugar to bring this drink a rich sweetness.


  • 2 oz Johnny Gin–or other mixing gin
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 slices apple
  • 1 dash aromatic (Angostura) bitters
  • 1 dash walnut bitters–Fee Brothers makes one


  • Muddle the apple, sugar, and bitters on the bottom of an old fashioned glass.
  • Add the gin and ice.

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