Fall Classic Recipe

Alice Gao

This cocktail from Gramercy Tavern is a shout out to apple season, made more complex with the addition of thyme-infused simple syrup.

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Recipe Details

Fall Classic Recipe

Active 20 mins
Total 10 mins
Serves 1 serving


For the Thyme Simple Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

For the Cocktail:

  • 1 ounce bourbon, such as Bulleit

  • 1 ounce calvados or Laird's bonded apple brandy

  • 1 ounce fresh apple cider

  • 1/2 ounce thyme simple syrup

  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • Dash Angostura bitters

  • Garnish: dried or fresh apple slice (optional)


  1. Place sugar and water in small saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add thyme. Steep for 15 minutes (tasting for intensity of flavor) and strain out thyme. Refrigerate to chill.

  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add bourbon, calvados or apple brandy, cider, thyme syrup, lemon, and bitters. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with fresh or dried apple if desired.

Special equipment

fine-mesh strainer, cocktail shaker and strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
156 Calories
0g Fat
15g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 156
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 19mg 96%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 78mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)