Top 10 Applejack Drink Recipes
What is Applejack
Applejack is a very old alcoholic drink that was popularized during the British colonial rule in the United States. Made from fermented apple extracts, the liqueur got its name from ‘jacking’ that is indicative of its alcohol content, as also, the method of production. The content of alcohol in Applejack can be anything between 25 and 40%.
Top 10 Applejack Drink Recipes
The following list of will give you an idea about how to drink applejack (especially if you are new to it), and the ways to make the perfect cocktails with it right at home.
How to Make Applejack Drinks and Cocktails
1. Hot-Sour-Salty Applejack Martini Cocktail
Allow a martini glass to freeze inside the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. In the meantime, mix together 5 oz chilled apple cider, 1 oz of Goldschlager cinnamon schnapps and applejack, each, with 2-3 dashes of paprika sauce (or as per taste). Take out the glass and rim it with premade paprika salt* before straining the mixture into it. Serve immediately, garnished with a slice of apple.
[*To make homemade paprika salt, simply mix 1 tsp of each of smoked paprika and piment d’Espelette, with 1 tbsp of kosher salt.]
2. Applejack Party Cocktail Drinks with Jack Daniels
Mildly shake together 2 parts of Jack Daniels whiskey, 1 oz of each of sweet vermouth and applejack. Pour the mix straight-up into pre-chilled cocktail glasses and add a dash or two of Angostura Bitters in each. Now serve your guests.
3. Applejack Mixed Alcoholic Punch
In a cocktail glass, mix 1 oz of each of applejack, rum, gin, and vodka, along with orange and lime juices and grenadine (all as per your taste). Stir along with lightly crushed ice and garnish with a slice of fresh orange.
4. Cocktail Drink with Applejack & Brandy
Use your shaker to mix 1 oz of each of applejack (like Laird’s, Captain Applejack), brandy and lemon juice, along with 2 dashes of triple sec. Throw ice cubes into a champagne glass and pour the mixture over these. Next, pour chilled rose wine or champagne to fill up the rest of the glass. Give a gentle stir and serve with a citrus peel.
5. Easy Applejack Everclear Bitter Cocktail
In a shaker, pour ½ oz Benedictine, ½ oz Everclear, 1-2 dash/s of Angostura Bitters (or as per taste), and 1 oz Applejack and shake with a handful of ice cubes for about 20 seconds. Transfer into a lowball glass and garnish with an apple wheel.
6. Mixed Fruity Alcoholic Drink with Applejack Liquor
Fill a large cocktail glass with 1 oz of both Bourbon whiskey and applejack, followed by 2 oz of each of Tropical Sangria, cranberry juice and tomato juice (all chilled). Now serve with a few ice cubes floating on top.
7. Applejack Gingery Moonshine Cocktail
Stir 1½ oz applejack, Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine, and spiced rum, each, with ½ oz lemon juice and 2 oz of cold ginger beer (or any other soft ginger-based beverage like ginger ale). Transfer the mix over crushed ice in a tall glass. Now, serve with a cinnamon stick, a mint sprig, and a lemon rind.
8. 2-Ingredient Applejack Shooter-Party Shots
Line up shot glasses and pour 1 oz of each of scotch and applejack in each. Shoot in.
9. Applejack Sazerac Quickie Cocktail
Mix 2 oz of applejack, ¼ oz maple syrup, 3-4 dashes bitters in a wide cocktail glass, over ice. Garnish with a green apple slice before you serve.
10. Classic Colonial Applejack Hot Toddy Recipe
In a large jug, combine 3 oz applejack with 2 tbsp sugar, 2-3 cloves, a 1- to 2-inch cinnamon stick, and a thin slice of lemon. Now, fill the rest of the jug with boiling water. Keep stirring all the ingredients until the sugar dissolves completely. Transfer into old-fashioned glasses or mugs over apple slices, lemon rinds, and a whole cinnamon stick. Serve hot or warm.
If you are a genuine alcohol lover, this list of our choicest 10 applejack cocktail recipes is sure to bring a broad smile on your face. Try them all at home, especially if you have never tried applejack cocktails before, and you would probably repeat the entire list over and again.
- by Sean Northampton
- January 6th 2018