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Washington Apple Shot

The Washington Apple Shot is a fun and fruity shot that offers the tartness of apples and cranberries mixed with a rye punch from Canadian whiskey. This shot is quite literally the twin of the Washington Apple cocktail and makes for a fun recipe that can be easily scaled up or down, depending on what you’re craving. This shot actually offers a delicate balance, despite the use of tart and sour ingredients.


The Washington Apple Shot: A Fun, Fruity Kick

This super fun shot consists of four ingredients: Canadian whiskey, sour apple schnapps, cranberry juice, and just a splash of club soda. While your mind might automatically go to New England when you think of a crisp, red, and juicy apple, the Pacific Northwest, specifically Washington, provides over half of America’s apples every year. This shot is fruity and sour yet offers a firm rye kick from the Canadian whiskey, making it robust yet refreshing.


The Accidental Apple Cocktail

The Washington Apple cocktail was created in the late 80s—by accident, no less. The origin story of this mixed drink is quite the tale. It starts with Washington state in the grips of a terrible parasite outbreak that left the apple industry in shambles. Most of the farmers threw in the towel and left the ruins of their orchards behind. While the farmers lost money, one man found a way to make lemonade from lemons, or should we say, cocktails from rotten apples?


Christof Guycoogan was well-known for overindulging in his special “cough medicine:” whiskey and cranberry juice. One night, he drunk-stumbled into a large, smelly pile of rotten apples. The fermented juice sprayed everywhere, including into the open bottle of his usual rotgut. Upon tasting the concoction, he loved it so much he bought up all the orchards and turned the crop of rotting fruit into apple liqueur—hence, the Washington Apple was born!


Refreshingly Tart yet Well-Balanced

This shot is perfect for making in a giant vat and serving the masses. Though this drink has super tart and sweet flavor profiles, it’s surprisingly well-adjusted and refreshing. The Canadian whiskey (most use Crown Royal) offers some spicy rye notes that wrangle the tart and sour notes of the apple schnapps and cranberry. A splash of club soda adds some fun bubbles and makes this effervescent shot really pop.


Be sure to pay close attention to the measures of the ingredients. It’s vital to add more apple juice than cranberry. You might be tempted to go half and half, and some do, but this covers up the apple flavor and makes it more cranberry-heavy. Adding just a tad more apple schnapps than cranberry juice makes that vital component shine brightly. After all, this shot is all about the apple!

Washington Apple Shot

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Whiskey
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1
Author My Bartender


  • ¾ Oz Canadian Whiskey
  • ¾ Oz Sour Apple Schnapps
  • ¾ Oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1 Splash Club Soda


  • Combine the Canadian whiskey, sour apple schnapps, and cranberry juice in a shaker with ice
  • Shake until the mixture is well-chilled
  • Strain into a shot glass
  • Top with a splash of club soda
  • Serve, slam, enjoy


The Washington Apple Shot is a fun, slammable version of its cocktail twin. Featuring Canadian whiskey, cranberry juice, sour apple schnapps, and club soda, this shot is refreshing, with a brisk kick from the whiskey that’s perfectly muted by the tart cranberry and apple. This bright green shot is fun, delicious, and a great way to enjoy Canadian whiskey.

Written by My Bartender

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