Warm up this fall and winter with a cocktail you’ll never forget! This is an apple butter old fashioned that sings with the flavors of fall.

It’s full of apple cinnamon flavor you’re going to love. It’s easy to make and so easy to sip, too!

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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 one of my favorite fall and winter cocktails? It’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!

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Apple Butter Old Fashioned

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.

Why You’ll Love It

  • So Cozy – Apple butter is a concentrated (and delicious) form of apple sauce that is made by slow cooking apples with cider until the sugars caramelize.
  • Easy to Drink – It’s such a great cocktail that warm your heart and soul. It’s easy to drink and goes down like – butter!.
  • Seasonal – You’ll love it in the fall and winter months.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Apple butter – It’s easy to make your own, but we love several store bought versions too.
  • Bourbon – Read below for details on our favorite Bourbon brands!
  • Bitters – To add another layer of flavor to your old-fashioned (read more below).
  • Club soda – to cut the sweet from the apple butter.
  • Ice – Crushed ice is ideal here.
  • Cinnamon stick – to add fragrance and a charming stir stick and garnish.

Variations

  • Sweeten your cocktail with a touch of homemade simple syrup.
An apple butter old fashioned in a clear glass, apples and a wooden cutting board nearby.

How To Make

  1. Combine – Add all of your ingredients (apple butter, bourbon, bitters, ice, and  cinnamon stick) into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake.
  3. Serve – Pour into an old-fashioned glass, add a splash of club soda, and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

How to Garnish

A woman wearing a black shirt, creating an apple butter old fashioned at a bar.

Tips

  • You can use 2-3 ounces of bourbon (or more) to your preference. I tend to like mine strong, so I use 3 ounces. It helps warm the drink and balance the sweet flavors of apple butter.
  • I like to serve my apple butter old fashioned in oversized glasses or mugs for easy sipping.
  • Want to double or even triple the recipe? Use the yield tab on the printable recipe card to do all the calculations for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What’s the best Bourbon for an Old Fashioned?

We love Maker’s MarkBulleitFour Roses and Basil Hayden’s for This Apple Butter old fashioned recipe.

A hand holding an apple butter old fashioned cocktail, with a sliced apple on a wooden cutting board in the foreground

I hope this apple cinnamon old fashioned warms your heart for the holidays, too.

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

More Fall Cocktail Inspiration

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Apple Butter Old Fashioned

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!
Prep: 1 minute
Total: 1 minute
Servings: 1
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Ingredients  

  • 1 tablespoon apple butter
  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • 6 drops bitters
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • club soda

Instructions 

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

Julie’s Tips

Optional: sweeten it up with a touch of simple syrup
Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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

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16 Comments

  1. 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!

  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. 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?

    1. 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!