Depending on who you ask, crisp air and leaves turning to shades of yellow, orange, and red mean either apple season or whisky season. But why not both? “Apples are a lovely natural pairing for whisky,” says New York City bartender Jonah Dill-D’Ascoli. “The natural honey, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and other sweeter barrel notes play beautifully with the flavor of apples—grandma’s apple pie or state fair caramel apples, anyone?” Whether you prefer scotch, bourbon, or even Japanese whisky, the sweet-tart flavors of autumn apples make a perfect companion.
Perfect for fall, this blended scotch cocktail incorporates apple, lemon, ginger, and a kick of chipotle.
This twist on the Jack Rose cocktail uses Japanese whisky and smoky grenadine for a unique fall flavor.
All Falls Down
Taking its name from the Kanye West song, this bourbon-based cocktail celebrates the transition from summer to autumn.
Boots With the Fur
Stack up the fall flavor with apple-finished whiskey, apple brandy, and an apple garnish in this cocktail.