Cocktail Spotlight: Applejack

To celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of Fall, I offer you the "Applejack" cocktail. This cocktail is best enjoyed during the Fall and winter months. This is one of my favorite cocktails and, as usual, my own recipe that has been time-tested and approved by everyone I've had the pleasure of serving it to. I will offer you two variations of it because some people just can't tolerate drinking Bourbon so instead I give you Brandy. I put the Applejack on the cocktail menu at Buddha Buddha Martini Bar when we opened October of 2012 because I knew that a specialty cocktail like this deserved the spotlight. As the name implies, the flavor of the cocktail is a mix of apple, maple, and honey with a hint of lemon and fruitiness, which should satisfy everyone's taste buds whether you like fruity drinks, stiff drinks, after-dinner drinks, etc...I must say that sipping the Applejack after dinner is spendid and great snuggled up in front of the fireplace with your boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband, mistress, paramour, partner, or whoever you decide be with that night.

It involves Buillet Bourbon (or Lairds Applejack Brandy, I'm a bourbon guy so that would be my choice), Campari, which is a bitter herbal cordial from Italy, diluted maple syrup, fresh lemon juice, honey, apple cider (or organic apple juice, I prefer cider), passion fruit juice, orange juice, and garnish with an orange peel. It is served in a large rocks glass or old-fashioned glass over ice. The initial smell is orange because of the fresh peel, but as you delve into it you get a mixed bag of all the competing flavors mentioned above. Quite magical, really. The bourbon will be more noticeable onthe palate than the brandy.

Have a great weekend!  If you get adventurous and decide to make this wonderful cocktail, please let me know your thoughts.  I will be back on Monday to continue educating the world 'one cocktail at a time'. Happy Mixing!




  • 2 oz Buillet Bourbon or Applejack Brandy
  • 1/4 oz Campari
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz maple syrup
  • 1 oz organic apple juice or apple cider
  • 1 oz passion fruit juice
  • splash (1/4 oz) of orange juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • garnish orange peel using a vegetable peeler (try not to get the white pith)


  1. Set out your old-fashioned glass or large rocks glass and fill with ice.
  2. Fill mixing glass or pint glass or shaker with ingredients (no ice). 
  3. Add ice and cover with a cocktail shaker or mixing glass.
  4. Shake vigorously to mix all the viscous ingredients well.
  5. Strain the liquid into the ice-filled glass.
  6. Slice off orange peel from an orange and voila
  7. Serve with a swizzle stick.



This is a fantastic blog! Great information! I love the fact that you also give options, as I am not a bourbon fan, but do enjoy brandy! Great job! Keep it coming!!!!!!!

T. Neal

This recipe sounds wonderful....and very appropriate for the apple harvesting time of year! This is definitely a winner!