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Holiday Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned

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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 New Year’s cheer for your holiday party!

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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.

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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Festive Favorite: Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned

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

The combination makes you want to either curl up beside a roaring fire or clink glasses with a roomful of your friends. However you choose to enjoy this New Year’s Eve cocktail, you’ll certainly get that warm holiday feeling from this delightful drink.

Don’t forget the cinnamon stick in your bourbon apple old fashioned for added flavor and aroma!

Get the Full Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned Holiday Cocktail Recipe Below!

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What You Need to Make Holiday Old Fashioned Cocktails

Have all of your ingredients ready to go at your bar-area, so you can shake up each of these Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned cocktails fresh for your holiday guests.

  • Sugar cubes
  • Aromatic bitters
  • Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • Apple peel
  • Club soda
  • Ice cubes
  • Bourbon – our favorites are 4 Roses and Bulleit
  • Cinnamon sticks

TIP: If you want to peel your apples before hosting your New Year’s Eve party, immediately put in the freezer after peeling. Apple peels will keep well stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.

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How to Make an Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned

I love a good hefty stemless glass for serving bourbon-based cocktails like this Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned. For each cocktail, simply follow these steps:

  1. Place one sugar cube, Musselman’s Apple Butter, a few dashes of the aromatic bitters, apple peels and club soda in the bottom of a glass. Muddle together in the glass.
  2. Add several ice cubes and 2.5 ounces of bourbon.
  3. Finally, add a few more apple peels and stir with a cinnamon stick to serve.

There you have it: the perfect bold and zesty holiday cocktail for ringing in the New Year! The strong bourbon and bitters are beautifully mellowed by the slight sweetness of apple, and cinnamon wraps it all together with a festive bow of winter flavor.

Let’s all cheers to Lt. Dan!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this apple cinnamon old fashioned?

You certainly can serve this variation of an Old Fashioned as a mocktail! Barley tea is a recommended substitute for the bourbon. Also, there are now several non-alcoholic distilled spirits available at stores – check with your local grocer!

What is a traditional old fashioned made of?

A traditional old fashioned cocktail is made of bourbon, sugar or simple syrup, bitters and garnished with an orange peel or cherry. You don’t traditionally muddle fruit into an old fashioned, but I would still consider this an old fashioned with a twist!

How can I make this cocktail for a crowd?

If you are hosting a lot of people and don’t want to make individual old fashioned cocktails, multiply the recipe by the number of people you are serving and make it in a large pitcher. Be sure to stir periodically and serve ice in the glasses, not in the pitcher.

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Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Holiday Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned – A festive holiday cocktail brimming with New Year's cheer, with subtle notes of apple and cinnamon.
Servings: 1 cocktail



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


Serving: 1cocktail, Calories: 219kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Beverage, cocktail, Holiday
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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17 comments on “Holiday Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned”

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  2. This is a super delicious drink! 

  3. I loved it! So easy to make and really flavorful!

  4. So good! Love the addition of the cinnamon stick and the apple peel. This will be perfect for my next party!

  5. I love a classic recipe. This apple and cinnamon drink is to die for, almost like eating a pie but even better!

  6. What a fun twist on a classic!

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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. These sound so good and refreshing!

  11. Great holiday drink! Merry Christmas! xo

  12. This looks amazing!!!

    xoxo ~Shari

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

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

  15. 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!

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