Applejack Sour

Recipe Description

I thought I was finished with fall cocktails when I got my Thanksgiving edition of Bon App├ętit and decided to try their pick for Thanksgiving cocktails. It involved applejack, which I wanted a bottle of anyway so I can try a pink lady for Valentine’s Day. I splurged on a bottle of Laird’s and I am at this very moment resisting the temptation to make a second one. This is one of those drinks that goes down TOO fast. HAPPY Thanksgiving!


  • 2 ounces applejack
    Laird's is great and not very expensive. (You could also use a nice rye.)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
    (If this is too tart for your tastes, bring it down to 1/2 ounce.)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce maple syrup
    Quality makes a huge difference. Best maple syrup I ever had was called Axe, but I think you can only get it at a store in Hollywood. Might be worth the trip.
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • gratings nutmeg


Put a sour glass (or similar) in the freezer.

Combine all ingredients except the nutmeg in a shaker with ice. Shake until very cold.


Strain cocktail into chilled sour glass. Grate nutmeg over the top. Give thanks.