Mixology Monday

Apple Shrub Cocktail

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This month’s edition of Mixology Monday is hosted by none other than our fearless leader, Fred Yarm, of the Mixology Monday website and the Cocktail Virgin blog. It’s great to see the man behind it all take the wheel and play host this time around.

We are right smack dab in the middle of my absolute favorite time of the year, and I think apples are largely the reason. I love them in just about every way.

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I experimented quite a bit this round: Mario Batali tweeted a recipe from his Babbo bar crew for a spiced apple shrub earlier last week, so I made his version with some leftover apple butter I already had in the fridge. I also managed to find the time to fat wash some cognac with a blend of unsalted butter and apple butter.

Being one that never wastes anything, I used the apple peels to whip up a batch of Apple bitters. They turned out pretty fantastic.

I came up with this cocktail after enjoying a Vieux Carré the night before. This cocktail is different in a lot of ways, but it’s similar in some ways too. The apple washed cognac and shrub really shine here.

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Apple Shrub Cocktail



  • 1 ounce apple butter washed cognac
  • 1 ounce rye whiskey
  • ½ ounce spiced apple shrub (recipe follows)
  • ½ ounce Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
  • ¼ ounce Bénédictine
  • 2 dashes Apple bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Spiced Apple Shrub:

  • 4 tablespoons ginger-infused simple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon spiced apple butter



Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until the ingredients are well distributed and chilled to the touch. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Enjoy.

Spiced Apple Shrub:

Mix all ingredients together well and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.



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  • Reply
    December 21, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    what would you recommend doing if I didn’t want to fat-wash cognac (I don’t really know what that means)?

    • Reply
      December 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Fat-washing is essentially an infusion with fat products. I would use cognac or any apple spirit in its place. I would also probably omit the dry curaçao and increase the apple shrub to 1 oz. Hope this helps!

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