They say an “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but we are more the “a cocktail a day is how we play” types. Luckily this fall, bars are barrels full of creative apple cocktails. After all, what else could everyone do with the bushels picked all fall long – and splashed all over Instagram?
Some spiced, some sweet, check out these fruit-infused cocktails from four different cities around the country.
Apple Pie Butterfly at Onward
In the Windy City, stop by Onward and try out the whimsical Apple Pie Butterfly cocktail. Created by Cocktail Director and Assistant General Manager Vicente Romero, this fall-forward cocktail showcases warm flavors with an apple-cinnamon syrup that perfectly complements the Dark Xaymaca Dry Rum, Cocchi Americano, lemon juice and light after taste of Absinthe.
6580 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, Onwardchi.com, @onwardchi
Madeira Cobbler at The Gage
The Gage in Chicago takes its name from the architecturally significant Gage Group of buildings constructed in the late 1800s and now historically landmarked. At this iconic hangout, check out the Madeira Cobbler cocktail, created by beverage director Torrence O’Haire. The low ABV, easy-sipping cocktail cobbler is made with 5yr Bual Madeira, pineapple cordial, Gravenstein Apple, thyme and nutmeg for a light, sweet and fruity finish with complex nutty notes.
24 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, thegagechicago.com, @thegagechicago
Changing Leaves at Beacon Tavern
Created by head bartender Alex Schmaling, the Changing Leaves at Beacon Tavern tastes like apple cinnamon oatmeal rolled up in a calvados and rye cocktail. It’s made with Knob Creek Rye, Coeur de Lion Calvados, Braulio Amaro Alpino, oat syrup, dark molasses, angostura and lemon.
405 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, beacontavern.com, @beacontavernchi
Johnny Appleseed Sips at Greene St. Kitchen
Despite being in the desert, experience all the fall feels with the Johnny Apple Sips cocktail at Greene St. Kitchen at PALMS Casino Resort. Created by master intoxicologist Eric Hobbie, the sweet treat is made with Calvados, lemon juice, orgeat and Aperol, garnished with dehydrated apple slices.
The Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, greenestkitchen.com, @greenestkitchen
Anejo and Apple at Sushi Roku
Located in The Forum Shops at Caesars, Sushi Roku Las Vegas serves up more than just stylish sushi with views of The Strip. This fall, sip their Anejo and Apple cocktail made with DeLeón Anejo, sparkling apple juice, Angostura bitters and garnished with an apple slice.
3500 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Ste T-18, Las Vegas, sushiroku.com/locations/las-vegas
Apple Pie Harvest at Oak & Ivy
Get your dessert on in drink form with the Apple Pie Harvest cocktail at Downtown Container Park’s hotspot Oak & Ivy. The pastry-inspired sweet treat is made with Clyde Mays, Bar Keep apple bitters, butter, caramelized brown sugar and allspice dram.
707 Fremont St., Las Vegas, oakandivy.com, @oakandivydtlv
Apple Peel Martini at MiniBar Hollywood
MiniBar Hollywood is a cool, retro-inspired cocktail spot located on the ground floor of the Best Western Hollywood Hills. For fall, lead bartender and general manager Jeremy Allen created a “cannibal cocktail,” which uses one ingredient in multiple ways. The Apple Peel features fresh apple juice, apple cider vinegar, Laird’s Apple Brandy, apple slice garnish, Four Roses Bourbon and Fee Walnut Bitters. “This cocktail screams fall without being a hot drink” says Allen. “The apple libation incorporates apple cider vinegar, which is also great for preventing colds and the flu.”
6141 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, Minibarhollywood.com, @minibarhollywood
Caramel Apple Martini at Norah
This fall, get cozy with Norah’s Carmel Apple Martini. The stylish sipper is made simply with vodka, apple liqueur then garnished with apple slices drizzled in caramel and topped with crushed peanuts.
8279 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, Norahrestaurant.com, @norahrestaurant
Cabin Fever at Bar Chloe
Bar Chloe is hands down one of the best cocktail bars in Santa Monica. A stone’s throw from the beach and Third Street Promenade, the low-lit bar is adorned with chandeliers and candles but offers a laid back seat yourself policy. More welcoming than many of Santa Monica’s “exclusive” hotel bars, have the bartender mix up the Cabin Fever this fall. The well-balanced cocktail is made with Rittenhouse Rye, apple, sour orange, ginger and old fashioned bitters.
1449 2nd St., Santa Monica, barchloe.com, @bar_chloe
Maestra at Here & Now
Before gearing up for their annual Blitzen’s Holiday pop-up, Here & Now in the DTLA Arts District is staying true to fall. Their Maestra cocktail is made with Bacardi 8 Rum, Laird’s Apple Brandy, green apple, lemon, egg white and soda.
300 S. Santa Fe Ave Ste N, Los Angeles, hereandnowdtla.com, @hereandnowdtla
Bobbing for Apple at Katana
Way more fun than the old school game, Katana’s Bobbing For Apples cocktail is made with Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Lairds’ Apple Brandy, demerara syrup, angostura bitters, orange bitters and garnished with a dehydrated apple slice and cinnamon stick dipped in 151 so it smokes when it lit.
8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Innovativedining.com, @katanarobata
Fall Into Me at The Godfrey Hotel
The Godfrey Hotel is among the newest and most stylish boutique Boston hotels. At the lobby car, indulge in the autumn-inspired Fall Into Me made with vodka, apple cider, falernum and cinnamon.
505 Washington St., Boston, godfreyhotelboston.com, @godfreyboston
Spiced Apple Margarita from Lolita Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar
Lolita Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar is a local Beantown favorite known for its creative tequila cocktails. The Fort Point location is serving up the Spiced Apple Margarita this season made with Reposado tequila, peach, muddled apple, cinnamon and lime for a strong cocktail with apple pie flavor.
253 Summer St., Boston, lolitamexican.com, @lolitateqbars
How About Dem Apples at Noir Bar
Inside the sultry Noir Bar inside the Charles Hotel Cambridge, the cocktails are named after some of the very best in film. Snatched from the famous line from Harvard set Good Will Hunting, the How Bout Them Apples is made with bourbon, crème de cassis, lemon juice, apple cider and angostura bitters. (P.S., we are all about it).
1 Bennett St., Cambridge, noir-bar.com, @charleshotel
Our Best Stories Delivered Daily