Apple Crush

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Cocktail History

The Apple Crush is an autumn cocktail that was created by Nick Mautone and included in his book The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails. The recipe pairs many of the go-to flavors of the season, including apple, maple, and cinnamon, with the potency of brandy and vodka and the tartness of lemon to make a delightful punch.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Apple Brandy: This is the one of the base spirits. It adds a hint of brandy spice and fruitiness. We used Calvados because it’s one of the highest quality apple brandies on the market and features notes of not only apple but also pear, apricot, and baking spices.

Vodka: This is the other base spirit. We used Russian Standard Gold Vodka because it’s smooth, easy to sip, and fairly inexpensive without compromising the quality.

Apple Cider: This is a freshly pressed juice that gives the drink its sweetened apple and spice flavor. We prefer to use freshly-pressed apple cider available from a local orchard and not the bottled stuff because those tend to taste too sour no matter what brand you get.

Lemon Juice: This adds sweet and sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with sugar and water that is used to stick the maple sugar to the rim of the glass. You can buy bottled simple syrup in a store, but we made ours at home using Alex’s recipe because it is very easy to make.

Maple Sugar: This is a sugar made with the sap from a maple tree. It’s stuck to the rim to add maple flavor.

Honeycrisp Apple: This is cubed and added to the punch for more fresh apple flavor.

Cinnamon Stick: This is the garnish. It adds toasted cinnamon aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Apple Crush features aromas of maple and cinnamon followed by the distinct tastes of apple cider, citrus, and brandy spice.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We thought the taste of this drink perfectly encapsulated that feeling of snuggling on the sofa after a long day of apple picking while a crisp breeze softly blows in the aroma of a bonfire through an open window all wrapped into one little cup. Not to mention, it’s quite boozy, which we enjoyed.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails by Nick Mautone.

AuthorThe Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday CocktailsPrep Time35 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Apple Brandy
 1 oz Vodka
 1 oz Apple Cider
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ¼ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 2 tbsp Maple Sugar
 1 Honeycrisp Apple
 1 Cinnamon Stick

Method
1

Core and cube apple.

2

Add apple cubes to a zip lock bag with ½ oz lemon juice, seal, toss gently, and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

3

Pour maple sugar onto a plate, rub outer rim of a punch cup with simple syrup, and roll cup in sugar until coated.

4

Add three apple cubes to cup.

5

Add apple brandy, vodka, apple cider, ¼ oz lemon juice, and ice to a shaker.

6

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

7

Strain into cup.

8

Toast the end of a cinnamon stick with a match.

9

Garnish with toasted cinnamon stick.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Apple Brandy
 1 oz Vodka
 1 oz Apple Cider
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ¼ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 2 tbsp Maple Sugar
 1 Honeycrisp Apple
 1 Cinnamon Stick

Directions

Method
1

Core and cube apple.

2

Add apple cubes to a zip lock bag with ½ oz lemon juice, seal, toss gently, and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

3

Pour maple sugar onto a plate, rub outer rim of a punch cup with simple syrup, and roll cup in sugar until coated.

4

Add three apple cubes to cup.

5

Add apple brandy, vodka, apple cider, ¼ oz lemon juice, and ice to a shaker.

6

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

7

Strain into cup.

8

Toast the end of a cinnamon stick with a match.

9

Garnish with toasted cinnamon stick.

Apple Crush

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More Apple Cocktails

If you like this apple-flavored cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Salted Caramel Apple Martini: A gin and apple brandy cocktail made with salted caramel syrup

 Mott & Mulberry: A rye cocktail made with Luxardo Amaro Abano, apple cider, lemon juice, Demerara syrup, and apple slices

 Apple Brandy Sour: An apple brandy cocktail made with lemon juice, maple syrup, egg white, Angostura aromatic bitters, and a cherry

 Stone Fence: A bourbon cocktail made with apple cider, Angostura Aromatic bitters, and mint

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