Two simple ingredients, whiskey and cider syrup, combine to make a powerfully good drink. A twist of lemon lends a bitter brightness without diluting the richness of the cocktail. MacKenzie Smith
Sweet fall apples and pears are ideal for eating out of hand, baking in pies, and adding to salads, but they can be a wonderful seasonal addition to cocktails, too. Apple cider and brandy, pear jam and liqueur, and more—we’ve rounded up our favorite cocktail recipes using apples and pears in all their forms.
Rich apple cider is a great cocktail ingredient. The Canadian is a spiced rum drink given a fall twist with apple cider, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Our Bourbon Cider cocktail is made with the two namesake drinks and spiced with cloves, ginger, and cinnamon. For a concentrated cider flavor, try boiling the cider down into a thick syrup. We like to mix cider syrup with bourbon and lemon to make the Ciderhouse Whiskey or with prosecco to make a autumnal bellini variation.
Calvados is a French apple brandy. We use it with apple cider to make a hot toddy and with blood orange juice, amaro, and rye in our Infamous Wisdom. The Pomme Rosé is a fruity take on the French 75 made with sparkling rosé and calvados.
There are a variety of ways to incorporate pear into cocktails. In the Pear Haymaker, chopped pear is muddled, mixed with vodka and lemon juice, and topped with ginger ale. The crisp Spiced Pear Collins is a mix of peach purée, gin, lemon juice, and rosemary-clove simple syrup topped with a dry sparkling wine or seltzer. The Nuestra Casa is an allspice gin and tonic that uses crème de poire, a pear liqueur.
Find all of these drinks and more in our collection of pear and apple cocktail recipes.