Apple Brandy Old-Fashioned [Cocktail Recipe]

Put a spin on the traditional bourbon or rye Old Fashioned using another American spirit: apple brandy. “The Apple Brandy Old-Fashioned is not from New York, not from San Francisco; it’s not from Los Angeles,” says Joe Heron, founder of Copper & Kings. “It’s the cocktail in the plaid shirt.”


  • 2 oz. straight apple brandy
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Dash black walnut bitters
  • Dash cherry bitters
  • Orange twist
  • Lazzaroni cocktail cherry


Place sugar cube in bottom of Old Fashioned or rocks glass. Add dash of both bitters and a dash or two of still water. Muddle until sugar dissolves. Add one large ice cube, then add brandy and stir. Garnish with an orange twist and a Lazzaroni cocktail cherry.