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Holiday Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned

An intriguing holiday cocktail, with subtle notes of apple and cinnamon. This old fashioned variation is brimming with Christmas cheer for your holiday party!

Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned {Cocktail} #holiday #christmas #cocktail

I’m sort of a light weight when it comes to cocktails.

One makes me extreeeeemely open and honest.

Two drinks put me under the table.

So when it comes to mixing drinks, Lt. Dan knows he has to make the first one count, because it will probably be my only beverage.

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned {Cocktail} #holiday #christmas #cocktail

He’s gotten really good at making cocktails that have a touch of sweetness to cut the hard liquor, yet are delicately complex, so you savor every sip to decipher what he put in it.

…I love that.

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His holiday Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned recipe is a new favorite this month. Dark rich depth from Musselman’s Apple Butter helps accentuate the bourbon and bitters.

Stir in some fresh apple peel and a cinnamon stick and you have the perfect holiday cocktail.

Let’s all cheers to Lt. Dan!

Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3-4 dashes aromatic bitters
  • 2 tsp. Musselman's Apple Butter
  • 2 strips apple peel
  • 1/2 oz. club soda
  • 2 1/2 oz. bourbon (We like 4 Roses and Bulleit)
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Place the sugar cube, bitters, Musselman's Apple Butter, apple peels and club soda in a glass. Muddle in the glass.
  2. Then add ice and bourbon. Stir well and add the cinnamon stick.

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12 Responses to “Holiday Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned”

  1. Ordinary Jposted December 23, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Nice holiday cocktail.


  2. Heather Christoposted December 23, 2013 at 8:19 am

    this is an absolutely lovely holiday cocktail Sommer! Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  3. Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted December 23, 2013 at 8:28 am

    As a resident in the land of brandy old fashioneds (Wisconsin), they have become one of my all-time favorite cocktails. I love love this apple cinnamon twist. Pinned and can’t wait to try it!


  4. Marian (Sweetopia)posted December 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Haha, I’m the same way! (One makes me…)
    Looks like such a delicious drink – and so festive too! Pinned!


  5. Marian (Sweetopia)posted December 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

    And Sommer, have a Merry Christmas! Wishing you all the best for the holiday and for 2014!


  6. Shariposted December 23, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    This looks amazing!!!

    xoxo ~Shari


  7. Mariaposted December 23, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Great holiday drink! Merry Christmas! xo


  8. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted December 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    These sound so good and refreshing!


  9. Julie @ Table for Twoposted December 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Haha, I’m super light-weight, too, girl. 1/2 glass of wine? I’m done. We would have a blast drinking together ;) someone might have to carry us home! This looks DELISH!! I wouldn’t mind drinking more though..


  10. Julia | JuliasAlbum.composted December 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    One of the things I always look forward to during Christmas time are those Christmas-inspired cocktails – a little booze never hurts (it only helps) during the holidays! :) Love this! Very Merry Christmas to you!


  11. Megan | Country Cleaverposted December 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Bens new favorite cocktail is an old fashioned!, I am gonna surprise him with one of these very soon!


  12. Shainaposted December 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

    What a fun twist on a classic!


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