Spiced Apple, Ginger and Lemon Cocktail

"Save those peels and cores to make this cocktail! Spiced apple simple syrup, rye, applejack, ginger liqueur, maple bitters and lemon. This one still needs a name- what would you call it?"
-- @robgullixson
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We like to lead a no waste lifestyle. So when we can make cocktails from that, it just gets better! @robgullixson uses apple cores and peels to make the simple syrup for this whiskey cocktail. It's full of ginger and lemony flavors that we love, with a hint of cinnamon to tie it all together!


Spiced Apple, Ginger and Lemon Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 ounce apple simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 ounce Laird's Applejack
  • 3/4 ounce Bulleit Rye Whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon Canton Ginger Liquer
  • 2 teaspoons freshly juiced lemon
  • 4 drops Urban Moonshine
  • Organic Maple Bitters, to taste

Spiced Apple, Ginger and Lemon Cocktail


  • Step 1

    Combine ingredients in a shaker; taste and adjust according to strength of apple syrup. Add 5-6 ice cubes and stir for 25 seconds. Strain into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with thin slice of apple.

  • Step 2

    Note: The apple simple syrup will vary based on variety of apple, exact reduction, etc. - so (as always) adjust to taste.

For the Apple Simple Syrup:

  • Cores and peels of 4 apples (great use of trimmings from apple pie)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 3 whole cloves

For the Apple Simple Syrup

  • Step 1

    Place the apple cores and peels in a small sauce pan. Add sugar and water to cover the apples, then add spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Reduce by two thirds or to taste. Strain through fine-mesh sieve into container to chill and/or store.