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Rachael's husband, John, shakes up a cocktail made with apple brandy, ginger beer + cinnamon simple syrup, garnished with a crisp apple slice. 

John gave this drink its name because it's made with apple brandy, has an apple garnish and tastes like...apples! He added lemon to balance out the sweetness. 

Pair his cocktail with Rach's Pumpkin Pasta.


For the Cinnamon Simple Syrup:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 to 3 cinnamon sticks
For the Cocktail:
  • 2 ounces Calvados or Applejack
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce Cinnamon Simple Syrup (recipe above)
  • 3 to 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Apple slice, for garnish


Serves: Makes 1 cocktail, plus simple syrup for more


For the cinnamon simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Add cinnamon sticks and let cool. Strain and refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use. 

For the cocktail, add Calvados, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake to chill and pour into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with an apple slice.

Always Drink Responsibly.