The Apples that Fell Far from the Tree

It’s November. If I had to endure Halloween since August, I’m making November a whole month dedicated to Thanksgiving. It’s a great excuse to practice making turkey, prime rib and plenty of apple pie.

Trying to save some extra coin for the big, epic dinner coming my way, I’m grabbing what I have left from October for this cocktail, including the kitchen sink. I promise this is good to drink. To be honest, my best creations have been super random. 

I call this duo of cocktails, The Apples that Fell Far from the Tree. Little bit of crisp sweetness.

There are two ways to serve this. One for a cold night and one for a sunny, brisk Sunday morning.

Let’s start with the base, which is needed for both options. 


Purchase your favorite Apple Cider (not sparkling). Trader Joe’s currently carries my favorite juice. Place your desired amount of juice into a soup pot.

Add cinnamon, nutmeg and clove with two slices of lemon or orange. Place on Med/Low heat and bring to a simmer. Once a simmer has started, stir occasionally, bring the heat to low and cover for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator. Suggested ratios below.


  • 8oz Apple Cider/Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon or 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Tsp Nutmeg
  • a few cloves (not required)
  • 2 slices of citrus

Congrats! your base is done and extras can be served to the whole family before we get boozy.


Take apple cider base, pour into your favorite mug. Add Salted Caramel sauce, bourbon, and peanut butter whiskey and top with freshly made whipped cream, if desired.


  • 1 Cup of Apple Base (warm or hot)
  • 1 Tbsp of Torani Simple Syrup, Salted Caramel flavored
  • 1/2 oz of Screwball Peanut Butter Whiskey
  • 1 1/2 oz of Bullet, Kentucky Bourbon


Pour base in a cocktail shaker with elderflower liqueur, Gin or Vodka and Ice.

Strain into a stem cocktail glass or in a tin cup. Top with ginger beer and serve.


  • 2 oz of Apple Base (chilled)
  • 1/2 oz of Elderflower St. Germain Liqueur
  • 1 oz of Gin (Empress recommended) or Vodka (Smirnoff Botanical Vodka recommended)
  • Top off – Fever Tree Ginger beer 

Enjoy, and don’t air fry your turkey. She deserves TLC.