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NYC's 5 Best Apple Cocktails

Appletinis are so passe--put down the candy-colored drink and pick up one of these refreshing apple cocktails for a taste of fall. By Selena Ricks-Good.

See Also: The 6 Best Apple Desserts In NYC | NYC's 5 Best Fall Cocktails

Green Apple Whiskey Sour at Colonie

Whiskey Sour From Colonie
(credit: Colonie)

127 Atlantic Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 855-7500

Can't get to the orchard this year? Head to Atlantic Avenue and try Colonie's Green Apple Whiskey Sour (Michter's rye whiskey, fresh green apple juice, lemon, sugar, baked apple, egg white, bitters and cinnamon) to satisfy that fresh apple craving. Drinks at Colonie are juiced to order, so you know you're getting that farmer's market taste.

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Switchel at Peels

325 Bowery
New York, NY
(646) 602-7015

Switchel, another name for sipping vinegar, is given the apple treatment at Peels (dark rum, apple cider, apple cider vinegar, ginger and molasses). Rich and tart with an underlying sweetness, this tipple will remind you of a baked apple. Peels also features another apple cocktail on its fall menu, the crisp Jin Applet (gin, fresh-pressed apple juice, cinnamon and lime juice).

Saxon & Parole Saxon & Parole

Lower East Cider at Saxon + Parole

316 Bowery
New York, NY
(212) 254-0350

Leblon Cachaca gets spiced up for the season in the Lower East Cider, featuring pear eau de vie, lemon juice and spiced agave nectar (vanilla, cloves, cardamom, star anise, nutmeg, cinnamon and white pepper) topped with apple cider. The tall tipple lives up to its name and could easily serve as the neighborhood's punch for the season.


Harvester at Aldea

31 W. 17th St.
New York, NY
(212) 675-7223

Created by Brian Block, head bartender at Aldea, the Harvester (Calvados Apple Brandy, chai tea-infused sweet vermouth, Fee Brothers Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned Bitters and apple cider foam) is a frothy autumnal treat. Apple brandy and chai tea-infused vermouth seem made for each other, while the apple cider foam, borrowing a technique from the kitchen, offers a tart garnish.


Bourbon 'n Apples at Perilla

9 Jones St.
New York, NY
(212) 929-6868

Two of beverage director Somer Perez's favorite things combine to make the Bourbon 'n Apples at Perilla (bourbon, apple cider and bitters, garnished with a dehydrated apple chip). Bold bourbon is tamed by the sweet cider, while smoky bitters add depth to this simple yet crowd-pleasing cocktail.

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Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.

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