Apple Sage Old Fashioned

[Photograph: Michael Dietsch]

This cocktail is inspired by Thanksgiving stuffing recipes that incorporate apples and sage. Start by making a simple syrup of sugar, water, and sage leaves. Stir that up into a rich and fruity spin on the classic Old Fashioned.

Apple Sage Old Fashioned

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves
  • 2 ounces Calvados apple brandy
  • 1/2 ounce sage simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Fee’s Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters (or Angostura, if you can't find the Fee's)
  • Apple slice, for garnish


  1. 1

    Make the simple syrup: Add sugar and water to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. When sugar dissolves, remove from heat. Add sage leaves and stir. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a jar (discard sage leaves) and refrigerate. Will keep for one month.

  2. 2

    Add apple brandy, sage simple syrup, and bitters to an Old Fashioned glass. Fill with ice, and stir to combine. Garnish with apple slice.


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