Happy Friday | Cocktail Inspiration

Ok, we're officially two days into the month of November (where did the year go?) and if you're anything like me, you're probably beginning to flip through your magazines compiling a menu for Thanksgiving.  I was recently perusing through the most current issue of Bon Appetit and stumbled upon this cocktail that I just had to share.  While I'm by no means a bourbon drinker, I've considered giving this festive cocktail a try.  This would also be a fabulous signature cocktail for your upcoming Autumn or Winter wedding.  See below for all the ingredients and instructions.

Fall Classic "Use fresh apple cider, found in the refrigerated juice section at supermarkets—or even better, the heady unpasteurized stuff from a local orchard, if you're lucky enough to find some."


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 15 sprigs thyme
  • 2 tablespoons apple brandy (such as Calvados or Laird's)
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 dash of Angostura bitters
  • Dried or fresh apple slice (optional)


  • Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove pan from heat; add thyme sprigs and let syrup cool completely (a clear thyme flavor should come through). Discard thyme sprigs. (Leftover thyme simple syrup will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator.)
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1 tablespoon thyme simple syrup, apple brandy, and next 4 ingredients. Shake cocktail vigorously 10-15 times and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with apple slice, if desired.

Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit