Cocktail of the Week: The Apple Brandy Old Fashioned


Photo credit: Craze Food

I’m going to keep the autumn feels going with this truly patriotic drink made with America’s original spirit, Applejack. With the intensity of a whiskey but a marked apple taste, Applejack is delicious on its own but also perfect for mixing.

I’d say the most popular cocktail that incorporates Applejack is the Jack Rose, but I have to be honest here, it’s not my favorite. The Jack Rose screams summer to me with its citrus and bright cherry notes. When I drink Applejack, I want to feel the warmth of its undertones. This is why my go-to Applejack drink is the Apple Brandy Old Fashioned.


  • Sugar cube (if you MUST you can use 1/4 oz of simple syrup but I highly advise you to stick with the classic cube)
  • Angostura bitters
  • Angostura orange bitters
  • Laird’s Applejack Brandy (you can also use Calvados but I prefer Laird’s for mixing)
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish
  • Orange peel for garnish
  • Ice                                                                                       

One Serving Recipe

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 4 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters
  • 2 ounces Laird’s Applejack Brandy
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange peel

If you go the sugar cube route, add the cube to your rocks glass along with the bitters. Muddle them together until the sugar cube is dissolved. If you’re using simple syrup, add both the syrup and bitters to the glass and stir. Add one large ice cube or a few small ones, then pour the Applejack over the ice. Stir using a bar spoon. Garnish with the cinnamon stick and orange peel, and enjoy.

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