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Crisp Autumn Serenade

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

15 minutes

15 Minutes



8 Servings


About the Recipe

This cocktail brings together the seasonal flavors of apples, pears, ginger, and maple. Bourbon gives it a bit of bite and backbone.


  • ½ cup maple syrup

  • ¼ cup diced peeled fresh ginger

  • ¼ cup boiling water

  • 1 cup bourbon

  • ½ cup pear brandy (such as Poire Williams) or pear-flavored vodka

  • ½ teaspoon Angostura bitters

  • 2 cups chilled brut-style hard sparkling apple cider (such as Foggy Ridge Serious Cider)

  • 8 thin apple or pear slices (optional)


  • Step 1

  • Place first 3 ingredients in a blender; process on HIGH 30 seconds or until ginger is almost liquefied. Cool 2 minutes; strain through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing with the back of a spoon to extract liquid. Discard solids.

  • Step 2

  • Combine 3 tablespoons maple mixture, bourbon, pear brandy, and bitters in a small pitcher. Add ice; stir for at least 15 seconds or until well chilled. Strain about 1/4 cup into each of 8 chilled cocktail coupes or Champagne flutes; top each serving with 1/4 cup cider. Garnish with apple or pear slices, if desired. Serve immediately.

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