Fall Classic

Clayton discovered this Gramercy Tavern cocktail as we were finalizing our Thanksgiving menu. We thought that apple cider and thyme sounded particularly appropriate for the occasion.

Mixing the Fall classic cocktail for a party
Pouring the best party cocktail with the taste sf for fall

You will need to make thyme-infused simple syrup for this recipe. Don’t let this deter you. We avoided making our own simple syrup for years–not sure why. It takes two minutes. Get the recipe here.

Making the Fall Classic Cocktail for Thanksgiving

We didn’t want to spend our evening bartending, so Clayton pre-mixed the cocktail in a large enough volume for everyone to have one or two. We kept empty Hangar One Vodka bottles and they came in handy to mix and serve. We love their vodka, but the bottles are also beautiful on their own!

Making individual Fall Classic Cocktails are simple when you pre-mix a large batch with the taste sf
The fall classic is perfect party cocktail

The recipe for the Fall Classic was measured in tablespoons and intended to serve one. Clayton scaled the recipe so that each tablespoon was 100 ml in our version. You can measure everything using a funnel and the markings on the Hangar One bottle. This will reach the very top of the bottle, so pour it into another container to mix, then back into the bottle for serving. A thyme sprig in the bottle also makes for a beautiful presentation and increases the thyme flavor slightly as the mixture infuses.

Fall Classic
  • 100 ml thyme-infused simple syrup
  • 200 ml Bulleit Frontier Bourbon Whiskey
  • 200 ml Laird’s Applejack Brandy
  • 200 ml apple cider
  • 100 ml fresh squeezed lemon juice, strained
  • 6 dashes Angostura bitters
  1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or bottle.
  2. Add 4 oz. of the pre-mixed cocktail (per serving) to an ice filled shaker.
  3. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
  4. Keep any unused mix in the refrigerator.
*To make this simple syrup, add one cup of sugar and one cup of water to a small saucepan. Boil until combined, and add 15 sprigs of thyme. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Get Recipe: Individual Fall Classic from Gramercy Tavern at Bon Appétit

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