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Six great recipes for apple cocktails

Scottish craft gin experts Caorunn create six great gin cocktails for us using Britain's favourite autumnal fruit - the apple

Published: September 25, 2015
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With the arrival of the autumn equinox on the 23rd of September, Britain began to prepare for the arrival of colder weather, shorter days and longer nights.

However, those with a passion for food and drink will have something to cheer about with the coming British apple harvest.

With 160,000 tonnes of the fruit expected to be picked this season alone, we asked Caorunn Gin to create six great cocktails using the UK's favourite fruit for you to try out:

Apple Winter Toddy (The Finnieston, Glasgow)

A simple winter warmer that is easy to create at home over the stove.

Picture: Caorunn Gin

Picture: Caorunn Gin


• 45ml Caorunn Gin
• 125ml cloudy apple juice
• dash of port
• 20ml lemon juice
• 2 tea spoons of caster sugar
• 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Method: Pour the individual ingredients into a pot and heat until boiling then remove and pour into the toddy glass before adding the garnish.

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Garnish: orange studded orange, grated nutmeg

Glass: Toddy glass

Caorunn Apple Martini (56 North, Edinburgh)

A refreshing classic that's always in fashion

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Picture: Caorunn

Picture: Caorunn


• 50 ml Caorunn Gin
• 10 ml Vermouth

Method: Add ingredients to glass and stir over ice

Garnish: Caramelised Apple Slice

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Glass: Coupe/Martini

Blush Apple Martini

An interesting take with a fruity twist on a classic cocktail

Picture: Caorunn

Picture: Caorunn


• 50ml Caorunn Gin
• 40ml Pressed Apple juice
• 20ml Lemon juice
• 10ml Gomme syrup
• 3 raspberries

Method: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker; shake and serve in a 5 1/2 oz coupette.

Garnish: 3 Raspberries on a skewer

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Caorunn Apple Three Ways (Ryan Chetiyawardana)

An innovative cocktail that engages the apple lover in all of us

Picture: Caorunn

Picture: Caorunn


• 50ml Caorunn Gin
• 10ml Bitter cider reduction
• 4pcs Red apple peeled

Glass: Martini glass

Garnish: Red apple peel

Method: For the bitter cider reduce 500ml cider with 5ml Angostura and 10ml Peychaud’s Bitters on a medium hob for 5 minutes, take off heat, add skin of 3 red apples, cool and strain. Stir Caorunn Gin and the bitter cider reduction over ice.

Caorunn Apple Twist

A sweet and fizzy cocktail perfect for entertaining friends

Caorunn Apple Twist


• 75ml Caorunn Gin
• 100ml Pressed apple juice
• 200ml tonic water

Method: Add cubed ice to glass, add gin, freshly pressed apple juice then tonic. Stir after adding thinly sliced apples and lemon wheels until evenly spread throughout.

Garnish: Red apple slices and lemon wheels

Glass: 500ml highball

Caorunn Apple Smash

A big hitting blast of apple flavours

Caorunn Apple Smash


• 75ml Caorunn Gin
• 200ml Fever Tree Tonic Water
• ¼ red apple
• ¼ green apple
• 2 cloves

Method: Muddle the quartered apples into the gin in a cocktail shaker. Add the cloves and shake hard until cold. Double strain over cubed ice and top up with Fever Tree tonic water.

Garnish: Sliced red and green apples.

Glass: 500ml highball

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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