Apples to Apples

Written by Armand Kohn on . Posted in Food/Dining

Apple season is in full swing; local farmers markets are offering a veritable cornucopia of the fruit. With Rosh Hashanah just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of this in-season treat, and I have some recommendations on how to get your apple fix in liquid form.

 

First, we have hard cider. While not technically a cocktail, there has been a boom in the variety and quality of these fermented apple drinks. From the sweet to the dry, and from the commonplace Angry Orchard and Redd’s to unique and artisanal brands, there is sure to be an option to fit your palate.

Perhaps, at a later time, we may return and delve more into cider specifically, but that’s not why we came here today. No, we came for apple cocktails, and for that we have two delicious offerings: the Washington Apple and the Cranberry Jack.

The Washington Apple is the sweeter, more crowd-friendly beverage, while the Apple Jack is more booze-forward while still imparting that delicious apple taste. Both should be garnished with fresh apple to really highlight the apple notes in the cocktail. With these drinks in mind, I hope you go forth into the new year with an open mind and a willingness to try out the unknown.

If you have any questions or comments I will be happy to address them in the next issue at the end of my article. Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Good luck behind the bar.

 

Washington Apple

Tall glass filled with ice

1 1/2 ounces of Crown Royal

1 ounce of Apple Pucker

Fill with cranberry juice

Pour the measured whisky into the ice-filled glass. Follow that with the Apple Pucker. Lastly, finish the drink by filling the glass with the cranberry juice. Garnish with fresh-cut apple. And remember, it is always okay to adjust the recipe to your taste preferences.

 

Apple Jack

Tall glass filled with ice

3 ounces of Jim Bean Apple

Fill with cranberry juice

Pour the measured whisky into the ice-filled glass. Finish the drink by filling the glass with the cranberry juice. Garnish with fresh cut apple. And remember, it is always okay to adjust the recipe to your taste preferences.

By Armand Kohn

 Armand Kohn is a certified bartender and University of Maryland alumnus. He now resides in Michigan, where he is beginning culinary school this fall.