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Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned {and there’s nothing old fashion about it!}

The best recipe for a fall inspired Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned…

Warm up this Christmas with a cocktail that's always a crowd pleaser - Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned

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 perfect drink for a chilly fall day | Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned cocktail

The first listed ingredient was apple butter. Apple butter in a cocktail? I’m not so sure about that, especially when paired with Bourbon. I’ve never been a big fan of Bourbon like Chris. I certainly can’t sip on it straight. So I pondered. I perused the wine menu and yet something kept bringing me back to that Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned.

A festive Christmas cocktail | Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned recipe

But Bourbon burns. Yeah, I can’t do it. But butter. Hmmmm. Well, it was a chilly evening and maybe the Bourbon would warm me.

The server returned and we both ordered the Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned. She said guests were ordering one, followed by many. Guess what, we shamelessly did, too. It’s such a great winter cocktail to warm your heart and soul. It’s easy to drink and goes down like – butter!

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.

Warm up this Christmas with a cocktail that's always a crowd pleaser - Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned

Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned

Prep Time 1 min Total Time 1 min
Serves 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


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Our guests canceled tonight since the city of St. Louis has turned into an ice skating rink, which means Chris and I will be keeping cozy with an extra cocktail or two tonight. Cheers!

Warm up this winter with a cinnamon apple old fashioned

I hope this Cinnamon Apple Old Fashion 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 Fashioned cocktail


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7 comments on “Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned {and there’s nothing old fashion about it!}”

  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!

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