This Caramel Apple Cocktail is packed with the flavor of Autumn. Tap into your inner bartender and mix one up this weekend!
As I’ve noted before, Laura and I typically prefer our liquors straight. Bourbon and scotch with a drop or two of water is how we like to roll. However, many moons ago (i.e. back when I was ~21), I enjoyed playing bartender. I had a great bartending book with hundreds of drink recipes, and I tried to keep all of the necessary ingredients and mixers in stock. Over time, though, I realized that many of those mixed drinks were just too sweet for me. Nothing against sweeter cocktails, they just aren’t my thing.
That’s where this Caramel Apple Cocktail enters the picture. It sounds like something that would be cloyingly sweet, right? Something that would taste like a dessert in a glass. Not at all! There is certainly some sweetness to this cocktail, but the bourbon is the predominant flavor. We discovered this Caramel Apple Cocktail at a local distillery right around the corner from us. Their bartender is some sort of magical wizard as far as I’m concerned. Either that, or he just likes to mix drinks that match our tastes. I prefer the wizard analogy though.
Laura and I occasionally stop by Yankee Distillers on our date nights. Sometimes we go for a pre-dinner cocktail. Sometimes we go for a nightcap on the way home. I have to admit that the Yankee name gives me pause every time I step foot in the door. I’m a Southern boy through and through, so going anywhere with the name ‘Yankee’ raises a red flag. However, I’m willing to overlook the name because their bartender is a wizard. That and they have two distillery dogs – Barley and Basil – who like to visit you when you stop by.
Caramel Apple Cocktail
This Caramel Apple Cocktail appeared on the slate at Yankee last Autumn, and Laura gave it a try. (I opted for a Smoked Old Fashioned – another cocktail from Yankee Distillers that I shared on the blog.) I told her the Caramel Apple Cocktail might be too sweet. However, the bartender overheard my comment and chimed in to say that the caramel apple flavors were there, but the bourbon was the main flavor. He was right! Despite the apple cider + tablespoon of caramel sauce, this bourbon cocktail is perfect for bourbon lovers!
As we march into mid-Autumn here in upstate New York, we are welcoming back cold evenings, raking leaves and decorating for Halloween. In truth, I’m not sure ‘welcoming’ is the proper term for raking leaves, but we’ll go with it. I can say that one of these Caramel Apple Cocktails tastes even better after a long day of raking leaves!
All you need to make this cocktail is bourbon, apple cider and Torani’s caramel sauce. Note that this caramel sauce is not the same as Torani’s caramel syrup. I find the sauce in the ice cream toppings aisle while the syrup is in the coffee flavorings aisle. The sauce is thicker while the syrup is a clear liquid – the syrup is the same stuff they use at Starbucks. To be fair, this cocktail might work with the caramel syrup, but I’d start with half the amount and increase from there. Tap into your inner bartender and whip up a Caramel Apple Cocktail this weekend. Enjoy the season!
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Caramel Apple Cocktail
- 2 oz apple cider
- 2½ oz bourbon
- 1 Tbsp Torani caramel sauce see note
- Cinnamon sugar mixture for garnishing rim (see note)
- Using a cocktail shaker, add the apple cider, bourbon and caramel sauce; shake until well combined.
- If desired, garnish rim of the glasses with cinnamon sugar.
- Fill glass with ice and pour cocktail into glass; serve immediately.
Looking for more caramel apple recipes? Check out these desserts with a delicious Autumn vibe: