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Orchard Thief: A Fall Cocktail

Fall Cocktail

A spiced apple shrub anchors this whiskey cocktail from NYC. 

It’s prime apple-picking season, and if you’re wondering what to do with that haul of fresh fruit, try making an apple cinnamon shrub. The versatile ingredient lends a tangy spice to this fall cocktail.


  • 1 1/2 oz. whiskey (Wallach uses Jack Daniels)
  • 3/4 oz. cinnamon apple shrub
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. Cynar
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
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  • Cinnamon Apple Shrub
  • 1 cup Macintosh apples
  • 1 cup Gala apples
  • 1 cup Honeycrisp apples
  • 1 cup Demerara sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks, crushed
  • 1 nutmeg, cracked
  • 10 cloves
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:rocks
  • Garnish:dried apple slice


Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish.

Cinnamon Apple ShrubChop the apples and add them to a container with the sugar and spices. Let them macerate for 3 days. Add the apple cider vinegar and mix together. Strain the apples out of the mixture and store in the refrigerator when not in use.

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