Apple Pie Gimlet

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Cocktail History

The Apple Pie Gimlet is a Sips From Scripts original autumn cocktail that we created as a variation of a similar recipe found in the book Gin O’ Clock: A Year of Ginspiration. Our version alters the original by paring down the lemon to balance the drink without making it too sour, using our own homemade apple cinnamon simple syrup for seasonal flavor, and opting for Broker’s gin and Angostura bitters for more spice. With these changes, this holiday recipe manages to have all of the sweetness and spice of the inspiration, making it a good pick for both the discerning drinker and lesser developed palate alike.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

London Dry Gin: This is the base spirit. It’s a gin that is infused with botanical flavor through redistillation without artificial ingredients or colors. We used Broker’s Premium London Dry Gin because it’s versatile, high proof, and a chameleon that adds the distinct flavor of juniper while still allowing the other flavors to shine. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin.

Apple Cinnamon Syrup: This is a sweetener made with apple cider, cinnamon sticks, and white sugar. We made ours at home using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors that balance out the other sweet and spiced ingredients. We always use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. They add more spice and complexity to the drink and tie the other flavors together. For a mocktail version of this drink, you can also try All The Bitter Non-Alcoholic Aromatic Cocktail Bitters in place of the Angostura aromatic bitters.

Cinnamon Stick: This is one of the garnishes. We used cinnamon sticks from the bulk section at our local grocery store.

Apple Slice: This is the other garnish. It adds fresh apple aromas and can serve as a crunchy snack while you sip the cocktail.

Tasting Notes

The Apple Pie Gimlet features the mild but pleasant aroma of cinnamon, a sweet apple-forward taste that features hints of cinnamon spice in the back of the mouth, and an aftertaste that combines the complex spices of gin and bitters with the comforting flavors of apple and cinnamon.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: It took a couple of tries to get this cocktail just right, but we definitely think we landed on a winner! We both loved it, and while neither of us is big on baking actual apple pie, this is one version we can’t wait to make for the family this year.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“After tweaking some aspects of the recipe, namely paring down the citrus juice a bit, I found this recipe to be at least five times more delicious than it was at our first tasting. While still good, the original from the book had too much lemon bite, in my opinion, and the sourness really took away from the apple and cinnamon notes of the drink that were meant to be the seasonal stars of the show. In the updated recipe, you still have some citrus for balance, but the cinnamon and apple are much more present in the mouth and on the swallow. And a few dashes of classic Angostura bitters really round the flavors out with their allspice notes to make this remind one of an actual pumpkin pie. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it, Broker’s gin is my favorite London Dry Gin, and in this one, it definitely manages to give its classic gin botanicals to a noticeable aftertaste but not one that will turn anybody off if they’re unfamiliar.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Hello, new favorite fall cocktail! The Apple Pie Gimlet is tart, tasty, and great for fall sipping, especially after Alex tweaked the specs. Unlike the Spiced Pumpkin Punch from the same book, you can definitely tell this a gin cocktail; the spirit’s flavor is very prominent at first followed by tangy apple and lemon, which I thought was a fabulous combination. I would definitely add this to your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner menu pronto.”

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ¾ oz Gin
 ¼ oz Lemon Juice
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Cinnamon Stick
 1 Apple Slice

Method
1

Add gin, apple cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slice.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ¾ oz Gin
 ¼ oz Lemon Juice
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Cinnamon Stick
 1 Apple Slice

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, apple cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slice.

Apple Pie Gimlet

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Dry London Spirit in place of the gin and All The Bitter Non-Alcoholic Aromatic Bitters in place of the Angostura aromatic bitters to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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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:

Mott & Mulberry Cocktail Recipe

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

Apple Brandy Sour Cocktail Recipe

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

Salted Caramel Apple Martini Cocktail Recipe

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

Apple Crush Cocktail Recipe

Apple Crush: An apply brandy and vodka cocktail made with apple cider, lemon juice, simple syrup, maple sugar, honeycrisp apple, and a cinnamon stick

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