All About Apples

The Chaplin and The Shepherd
The Chaplin and The Shepherd at Dram & Draught. Photograph by Jamie Robbins of JME Photography.

What’s better than apple picking at a local orchard on a sunny fall day? Relaxing with a cozy apple-infused cocktail on a cold or dreary one. We asked local distillers to share their favorite apple-inspired drinks. If these don’t keep the doctor away, we don’t know what will.

cold mountain hot toddy
Cold Mountain Hot Toddy by Copper & Kings. Photograph courtesy of Cat Braithwaite.
Cold Mountain Hot Toddy

4 oz. Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy

3 oz. pumpkin spice ginger simple syrup

2 oz. fresh pressed apple juice

1 oz. lemon juice

1 bag Chamomile Tea

1 dried apple

1 cinnamon stick

Cut open tea bag and pour the loose tea into French Press. Place remaining ingredients in French Press and top off with hot water. Stir. Let steep for two minutes.

Recipe with thanks to the spirited craftsmanship of Tupelo Honey Cafe. tupelohoneycafe.com


Pinetop Apple PiePinetop Apple Pie

3 Muddled Apple Slices

1.5 oz. Pinetop Moonshine

¼ oz. Krupnicas (Durham) 

2 Shakes of Cinamon

½ oz. Brown Sugar Syrup

½ oz. Lemon Juice 

The directions are to muddle the apple slices, add all ingredients shake and serve over ice.

Created by Nevis Horton with MOFU Shoppe.


Fall French 75

1.5 oz of Durham Distillery Conniption Navy Strength Gin

½ oz of lemon juice

½ oz simple syrup

2 oz Bull City ‘Off Main’ Cider

Combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass. Top with cider and garnish with lemon twist/apple slice.


The Chaplin and The Shepherd

1.5 oz. Social House Vodka

1 oz. apple cider

5 oz. fresh lemon juice

½ oz. brown sugar simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add ice; shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

Strain over a Collins glass filled with ice.

Top with a splash of hard cider or soda water and 3-4 dashes Angostura bitters.

Garnish with lemon wheel and rosemary sprig.

Recipe by Kevin Barrett of Dram & Draught

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