Inside Columbia


Autumn Apple

By Inside Columbia
Claudia LeSage is a bartender at Gunter Hans in Columbia.

With the fall season approaching, I thought what could be a better cocktail than one that includes traditional fall flavors? This is where the Autumn Apple comes into play.

If you like Old Fashioneds, this could be the drink for you. The Autumn Apple is very similar to the classic Old Fashioned, however, the addition of apple cider to this cocktail takes it to a whole different level. What makes this drink so good is that there is a perfect balance between sweet and savory. After all, whiskey and apples are such an iconic duo!

If you are looking for a rich, silky and smooth cocktail to get you into the fall spirit, the Autumn Apple might be the drink for you!


  • 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ to ¾ ounce cinnamon simple syrup
  • ¼ cup apple cider


To make the cinnamon simple syrup, add 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to 1 cup of boiling water. Stir and let simmer until thickened. To assemble the cocktail, add bourbon, bitters, simple syrup (1/2 ounce for less sweet, ¾ ounce for more) and maple syrup into a mixing glass. Add warmed apple cider and stir. Pour into a a lowball or traditional rocks glass and garnish with a dash of cinnamon. Cheers!

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