A fall bourbon cocktail that uses apple jelly for a spiced and fruity version of an Old Fashioned.
Bormioli Rocco sent me these glasses to test out and I loved them so much I had to share them with you.
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In two days it will be the first day of fall! Fall cocktails are a perfect chance to break out the warm and earthy spirits. We all know that warm belly feeling, right? This also is the time of year where I love to experiment with the different types of food the season can bring outside of the norm. That’s why when Bormioli Rocco sent me these gorgeous Este old fashioned glass, I wanted to make something classic but unique like it’s take on inverted hobnails. So I pulled out our apple jelly and took my love of warm bourbon to make this Spiced Apple Old Fashioned. It’s the perfect rustic meets autumn cocktail with sweet and spicy notes. Which yes, you can totally use jam and jellies in a cocktail!
Spiced Apple Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is a classic drink that is typically some form of sugar, bitters, and alcohol. While the original recipe involves using a sugar cube muddled with bitters, I opted to pull my sugar from some where else. Apple jelly. Using jelly and jams in a cocktail not only adds a depth of flavor into the drink but it can also be a great way to mix in sweetness. Plus what is more fall than apple jelly?
Typically you’d make this cocktail in a glass but since we want to strain it, we’re going to do it a little different. Into a cocktail shaker you’ll muddle apple jelly, cinnamon, nutmeg, and Angostura orange bitters. You’ll want to muddle this until the jelly breaks down. Add in your bourbon (no ice) and give it a few stirs. Add a large ice cube into an old fashioned glass and fine strain your cocktail over the ice. Twist an orange rind over the old fashioned glass and drop into the cocktail. Serve with a cinnamon stick.
This cocktail is a bit sweet with spicy apple pie notes you’re just going to love. The orange rind and bitters give it that classic old fashioned feel that matches perfect with the the apple. The inspiration for this really came from these Este old fashioned glasses. The inverted hobnails reminded me of something classic turned modern. Also I just really like how your finger tips grip perfectly into the indents. I was dying to get bourbon in one of the glasses. Anyone else very picky about how a glass feels in your hand?
A fall bourbon cocktail that uses apple jelly for a spiced and fruity version of a Old Fashioned. You can also use apple jam for a jam cocktail.
- 2 ounces Bourbon
- 1.5 teaspoons Apple Jelly or Apple Jam
- 3 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
- 1 dash Ground Cinnamon
- 1 dash Ground Nutmeg
- 1 large Orange Rind Peel
Into a cocktail shaker muddle together apple jelly, bitters, cinnamon, and nutmeg until the jelly is completely broken down.
Pour in the bourbon and give it a dry stir.
In an old fashioned glass or rocks glass add one large ice cube. Fine strain the cocktail shaker over the ice cube.
Twist the orange rind over the glass and drop it into the cocktail.
Serve with a cinnamon stick garnish.
When I first made this I couldn’t get over how good it smelled. It smelt like a mix of Christmas Russian Tea and Apple Cider. Then you sip it and it’s just the subtlest flavors of sweet apple and fall spices. This is for sure one of those cocktails that those lacking a sweet tooth would love.
If you’re looking to upgrade your glass collection check out the beautiful glassware from Bormioli Rocco and their other selections of tableware. I have loved using these glasses and I’m very picky about how my glasses feel in hand. So that’s a big compliment. Also check out where I use their over sized coupe glasses for a Pom & Mary Coupe Cocktail.
Tell me down below, how are you prepping for fall? What entertaining plans do you have coming up outside of Thanksgiving?