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An Old Fashioned (with Apple Butter!)

Warm up this fall and winter with a cocktail you’ll never forget! An Old Fashioned made with apple butter! It’s full of apple cinnamon flavor you’re going to love. It’s easy to make and easy to sip!

an old fashioned with apple butter

An Old Fashioned – a Classic Cocktail with a Twist!

For Thanksgiving, we went to one of our favorite destinations in Missouri, Top of the Rock. As I sat down, the server placed a cocktail menu in front of me. Normally I’d set it aside in favor of the wine menu, but this was a special occasion and something caught my eye.

The first listed ingredient was APPLE BUTTER. Apple butter in a cocktail?  I wasn’t sure about apple butter in a cocktail and had never been a big fan of bourbon, but in favor of trying something different, I tried and LOVED it! Who knew an Old Fashioned made with apple butter would become my favorite fall and winter cocktail that’s now a staple for trick or treating, Thanksgiving and Christmas? It’s the perfect blend with bourbon and I know you’ll love it, too!

an old fashioned with apples and cinnamon

It’s such a great cocktail that warm your heart and soul. It’s easy to drink and goes down like – butter! Apple butter is a concentrated (and delicious) form of apple sauce that is made by slow cooking apples with cider until the sugars caramelize. It’s such a delicious addition to this traditional cocktail.

A few days later our friends visited us at the lake and requested to go to Top of the Rock. I tried to order a Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned, but to no avail. It was a limited offering. Fortunately, I had pressed the server days before for the recipe so we (and you) could enjoy it at home.

an apple cinnamon old fashioned made with apple butter

What’s in an Old Fashioned?

If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what’s in an old fashioned drink. Until I had an Old Fashioned with apple butter, I didn’t know either! An Old Fashioned is traditionally made with bourbon, bitters, simple syrup, club soda, orange and a maraschino cherry.

To update this classic cocktail for fall and winter, I’ve added apple butter and a cinnamon stick in lieu of an orange and cherry.

How To Make an Old Fashioned

Putting together this cocktail is as easy as pouring all your ingredients (apple butter, bourbon, bitters, ice, and  cinnamon stick) into a shaker, and shaking until everything is well mixed together.

Once ready to serve, pour the mixture into an old-fashioned glass, add a splash of club soda, and garnish with an apple slice.

Old Fashioned Bitters

I know just told you to add bitters to this drink to make it, but what are Old Fashioned bitters?

Bitters have been described as the salt and pepper of a cocktail like an old-fashioned. It is an alcoholic preparation flavored with natural herbs and spices. Adding bitters to a cocktail helps round out the drink, enhancing the flavors and ingredients. Therefore, its an ingredient you don’t want to skip or miss, just as you wouldn’t want to forget the  pepper on your entrée.

pouring an old fashioned with apple butter


whats in an old fashioned

Warm and Cozy Cocktails

Cold weather and the holidays make the perfect excuse to pull out all your favorite fall cocktail recipes. Here are some more to add to your list this season!

Spiced Orange Shrub Hot Toddy

Bourbon Spiked Apple Cider

Spiked Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate

Simple Apple Cider Bourbon Slush

Cranberry Orange Mulled Wine


an old fashioned made with APPLE BUTTER

Easy Cinnamon Old Fashioned Recipe

I still can’t get over how easy it is to make a cocktail this good! The warm and cozy feeling it creates makes me crave it every year around the holidays. I hope this apple cinnamon flavored Old Fashioned warms your heart for the holidays, too.

Do you have a favorite cocktail? I’d love to know your favorite sips!

The perfect drink for a chilly fall day | Cinnamon Apple Old Fashion cocktail
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An Old Fashioned (with Apple Butter)

Warm up this fall with a drink that's always a crowd pleaser - an Old Fashioned with APPLE BUTTER! It's easy to make and easy to sip!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, christmas, cocktail, thanksgiving
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1


  • 1 Tbsp apple butter
  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 6 drops bitters
  • 1 c ice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • club soda


  1. Combine apple butter, bourbon, bitters, ice, and cinnamon stick in a shaker. Shake well.
  2. Pour into glass and add a splash of club soda. Garnish with an apple slice.

Recipe Notes

Optional: sweeten it up with a touch of simple syrup


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Originally posted December 16, 2016, updated October 29, 2018

16 comments on “An Old Fashioned (with Apple Butter!)”

  1. Julie you’re my favorite for homemade and home. Something I’m trying to learn is how to host a dinner party or even luncheon. I always find it hard to choose food that doesn’t take forever that everyone would like and decor and then of course get myself ready. Do you have tips or fav recipes for these types of things?

    • You are too kind! Thanks for making my day! I do, of course. I actually just wrote a post that I scheduled for Tuesday on this subject, but here are a few.
      Make a mix of make ahead dishes and those that require to be cooked/baked at the time. For example, make a batch of drinks ahead or serve wine if dinner is more entailed.
      Some favorite entertaining recipes – my steak and chicken tacos can be prepped ahead of time, I just slice and serve buffet style. I usually serve with guac that I make while guests are in the kitchen with me before we move to the table.
      Chocolate mousse can be prepared in advance, so you just pull from the refrigerator or you can make something like bread pudding (see recipe) ahead and bake when guests arrive. I’m always happy to share more!

  2. Your Cinnamon Apple Old Fashion sounds delish! Elf makes me belly laugh for hours! This drink may really enhance the experience, too! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. That looks delicious! My husband is a big bourbon fan and this may be the only way I’ll be able to drink it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is the perfect fall cocktail! Love the apple flavor!! 

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  5. This recipe sounds so delicious! Such a unique twist!

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  6. 2 of my favorite things..bourbon and apple butter! This looks so delicious, can’t wait to make this fall.

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  7. This is the perfect drink for fall! I’m obsessed!

  8. These look so pretty and scream fall!

  9. LOVE this fall twist on a classic. YUM

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  10. Ok this was so flipping good!

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  11. Old fashioned is my cocktail of choice, it definitely wakes you up… before putting you to sleep! Haha great idea with the apple butter, I loved this combination. Thanks for the recipe!

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