Leaves are blowing in the wind. Pumpkins are piled high at the market. Football season is in full effect. Yet, this warm Bay Area weather has me stuck in a summer state of mind. I needed something to set my seasons straight. Inspired by Scott Beattie’s delicious apple chip recipe, I knew I had to come up with a festive cocktail to match. A little apple brandy got the creativity juices flowing, and the demerara spiced cordial sealed the deal. Finally, autumn has officially arrived . . .

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz apple brandy
  • 1/4 oz Averna
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz unfiltered apple juice
  • 1/2 oz demerara spiced cordial
  • 2 dashes of old fashioned bitters
  • apple chip for garnish

Demerara Spiced Cordial:

  • 1/2 cup demerara sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 oz demerara rum
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick (broken into pieces)
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 6 white peppercorns
  • 1/2 nutmeg (cracked)

Apple Chips:

  • 1 gala apple
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • simple syrup
  • sprig of mint

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

To make the apple chips (allow 5 hours in advance to prepare):

Preheat oven to 150 °F. Wash and slice the apple into 1/4 inch slices, removing any seeds. Dip the apple slices into simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) and place onto a silicone baking mat.

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Sprinkle the apple slices with cinnamon and sugar.

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Garnish some of the slices with mint (also dip in simple syrup).

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Insert the tray into the oven and bake for 5 hours, or until golden brown. Set the apples chips on a wire rack to cool and get crisp.

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

To make the demerara spiced cordial:

Add the spices to a small saucepan over medium heat. Shake the spices back and forth so that they do not burn.

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

As soon as the spices become toasty and aromatic add the water and sugar. Stir continuously to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a simmer and turn the heat to low. Let simmer for 10 minutes, remove from heat, and strain through a fine mesh strainer. Add demerara rum and let cool.

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

To make the cocktail:

Add the apple brandy, Averna, lemon juice, apple juice, cordial, and bitters to your shaker.

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Fill your shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Strain and serve up in a chilled coupe glass.

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Float a freshly made apple chip on top for garnish.

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

And there you have it, the best beverage autumn has to offer.

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Yum!!

Autumn Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

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