Fall From The Tree Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The 'Fall From The Tree' cocktail is a delightful nod to the autumn season, embodying the essence of the harvest with its apple-centric ingredients. It's a modern classic that appeals to those who appreciate a balance of sweet and tart flavors, with a hint of spice.

  • Origins
    • The drink is a variation on the classic whiskey sour, using applejack as its base spirit, which is a type of apple brandy that has been produced in America since colonial times.
    • The name reflects the use of apple and the feeling of a crisp autumn day when leaves, and apples, fall from the trees.
  • Popularity
    • This cocktail has found favor among those who enjoy seasonal drinks and has a particular following in areas where apple orchards are common.
  • Perfect For
    • Ideal for sipping on a cool evening or at a fall gathering, it's a hit at Thanksgiving celebrations or simply as an after-dinner delight.

How Fall From The Tree Tastes?

The 'Fall From The Tree' cocktail offers a harmonious blend of flavors. It's warmly sweet from the apple juice and cinnamon syrup, with a refreshing tartness from the lemon juice. The applejack, or your choice of bourbon or scotch, provides a robust backbone, while the aromatic bitters add depth and complexity. It's a medium-bodied cocktail that leaves a lingering spice on the palate.

Interesting facts about Fall From The Tree

  • Applejack History: Applejack is a historic American spirit that dates back to the colonial era, making it an integral part of this cocktail's identity.
  • Seasonal Flexibility: While 'Fall From The Tree' is perfect for autumn, it can be enjoyed year-round by adjusting the garnish or presentation to suit the season.
  • Customizable: The cocktail's base spirit can be varied, using applejack, bourbon, or scotch, allowing for a range of flavor profiles.


Laird’s Applejack

The Laird’s Applejack brings a robust apple brandy flavor that is the spirit backbone of our cocktail. At 1.5 ounces, we get just enough kick without overpowering the other flavors. Go any higher, and it might feel like the applejack is hogging the spotlight.

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Fresh Apple Juice

The freshness at 1 ounce ensures a bright, crisp apple character, elevating the fruity harmony. Use less, and you risk a whisper of apple; use more, and it’s an apple juice cocktail, not a sophisticated sipper.

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Cinnamon Syrup

Here at 0.5 ounces, it’s the secret handshake of spices; too little, and it's like cinnamon didn't get the memo, too much, it’s like doing the cinnamon challenge. The syrup adds sweetness and that familiar warm spice to every sip.

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Lemon Juice

A splash at 0.25 ounces cuts through with a zesty zing to balance the sweetness. Miss it out, and there's a risk of the drink being one-dimensional. Too much - and the lemon's stealing the show like an overzealous lemonade stand.

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The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters

Just one dash; these bitters are like the wise old owl of the drink, bringing depth and complexity with their herbal, spiced notes. Without them, the drink may lack a certain gravitas; with too many dashes, it could taste like your cocktail raided the spice cabinet.

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Apple Slice

The garnish of an apple slice isn’t just for show; it’s an edible reminder of the drink’s core (apple pun intended) ingredient.

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Recipe. How to make Fall From The Tree Drink

  1. Combine Ingredients
    • In a shaker, combine 1 1/2 ounces of Laird’s applejack, 1 ounce of fresh apple juice, 1/2 ounce of cinnamon syrup, and 1/4 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  2. Add Bitters
    • Add a dash of The Bitter Truth aromatic bitters.
  3. Shake
    • Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  4. Strain
    • Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.
  5. Garnish
    • Garnish with a fresh apple slice.

Pro Tips

  • Chill Your Glass: For the best experience, chill your coupe glass in the freezer for at least an hour before serving.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Always use fresh apple juice and freshly squeezed lemon juice for a brighter, more vibrant flavor.
  • Garnish Placement: Place the apple slice on the rim of the glass or float it on top of the cocktail for an elegant presentation.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Cheese Platter: A cheese plate featuring sharp cheddar, creamy brie, or rich gouda can complement the fruity notes and the slight spice from the cinnamon in the cocktail.
  • Roast Pork: The sweet and savory elements of roast pork match well with the apple and cinnamon flavors.
  • Pumpkin Pie: For a dessert pairing, the spice of a pumpkin pie dances harmoniously with the cinnamon and apple in the drink.

Drink Pairings

  • Hot Tea: A non-alcoholic option, like a hot black or cinnamon tea, can accompany the warm spice notes.
  • Apple Cider: A cold or warm apple cider is a non-alcoholic pairing that mirrors the applejack and apple juice in the cocktail.

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What you could change in Fall From The Tree

  • Applejack Substitutes:
    • If Laird’s applejack is not available, bourbon or scotch can be used as a substitute, offering a different but equally complex flavor profile.
  • Cinnamon Syrup Alternatives:
    • In absence of cinnamon syrup, a homemade version can be made by simmering equal parts sugar and water with cinnamon sticks until the sugar dissolves.

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Smoky Orchard

  • Ingredients: Add 0.5 oz of mezcal.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, but add half an ounce of mezcal to the shaker before you add ice.
  • Flavor Change: The mezcal will introduce a smoky complexity, pairing beautifully with the apple and cinnamon, giving you a bonfire-in-an-orchard vibe.

Honeycrisp Spice

  • Ingredients: Substitute the applejack with bourbon and the cinnamon syrup with honey syrup, plus a pinch of ground cinnamon.
  • Recipe: Use bourbon instead of applejack and honey syrup in place of cinnamon syrup. Add the ground cinnamon just before shaking.
  • Flavor Change: The bourbon brings a vanilla-oak sweetness, while honey provides a natural, less spicy sweetness. The cocktail becomes more about the smooth blend of apple and honey with a spice whisper.

Maple Harvest

  • Ingredients: Add 0.5 oz of pure maple syrup and substitute the lemon juice with apple cider vinegar.
  • Recipe: Include maple syrup and use apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice in the original recipe.
  • Flavor Change: A fall harvest explosion, with the maple syrup providing a rich, autumnal sweetness, and the apple cider vinegar offering a tart counterpoint – it's like a warm sweater for your palate.

In case you forgot basics how to make Fall From The Tree

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Fall From The Tree

What type of glass is best for serving the 'Fall From The Tree' cocktail?

The 'Fall From The Tree' cocktail is best served in a chilled coupe glass, which allows the aromas to concentrate and enhances the sipping experience.

Can the 'Fall From The Tree' cocktail be batched for parties?

Yes, you can batch the 'Fall From The Tree' cocktail by multiplying the ingredient measurements by the number of servings you need and mixing in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Add ice shortly before serving to keep it chilled without diluting too much.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the 'Fall From The Tree' cocktail?

For a non-alcoholic variant, omit the applejack and use a non-alcoholic spirit or apple cider instead. Follow the rest of the recipe as is for a refreshing mocktail.

How long does homemade cinnamon syrup last?

Homemade cinnamon syrup can last up to a month when stored in a clean, airtight container in the refrigerator.

What's the best way to get fresh apple juice for the cocktail?

For the freshest apple juice, use a juicer to juice fresh apples. If you don't have a juicer, you can purchase high-quality, preservative-free apple juice from a local farm stand or health food store.

What's the difference between applejack and apple brandy?

Applejack is a type of apple brandy traditionally made by freeze distillation, resulting in a stronger, sharper flavor. Modern applejack may also be blended with neutral spirits. Pure apple brandy, meanwhile, is distilled from apple cider and aged in oak barrels.

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