Apple Butter Old Fashioned

This Apple Butter Old Fashioned is classic in nature with a fun fall twist. 

When I was little, apple butter was a staple in our house in the fall. My mom, Susie, is practically famous for her homemade apple butter. Childhood wouldn’t have been the same without the aroma of apples and cinnamon cooking in the kitchen. As an adult, I’ve tried to incorporate apple butter into all sorts of recipes, spreading it on pork chops and burger buns, but my favorite way to use apple butter creatively is in a cocktail.

This Apple Butter Old Fashioned is classic in nature with a fun fall twist. Apple butter adds a creamy and buttery texture to the drink; a sprinkle of cinnamon and apple cider brings the flavors together. It’s essentially autumn in a glass: There’s nothing better than sipping this cocktail by a fire on a cool fall evening.

Apple Butter Old Fashioned

Serves | 1 |

  • 2 Tbsp apple butter
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1½ oz club soda
  • coarse sugar, to serve
  • apple slices, for garnish
  • cinnamon sticks, for garnish

| Preparation | In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine apple butter, bitters, apple cider and bourbon and shake vigorously.

Spread sugar on a shallow plate and dip the rim of a rocks glass in water. Press rim into sugar to coat; pour apple butter mixture into glass over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks and serve.

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Becky Hardin is the recipe developer, photographer and owner of Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook and Family Circle.

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