Washington Apple Cocktail Drink
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Washington Apple Cocktail

You can whip up a tasty, tart, and refreshing Washington Apple in just minutes. This delicious drink was first created in the 1980s as a response to a bug that destroyed many of Washington state’s prized apple orchards. In the ultimate act of making lemons out of lemonade, Christof Guycoogan took these blighted apples and distilled them down to apple liquor. He mixed the liquor with Canadian whisky and cranberry juice, and this classic drink was born.


What started as a happy accident quickly became a country-wide sensation, as this tart and delicious drink’s popularity grew throughout the decade and remains a favorite cocktail in many bars today. It’s easy to make, delicious to drink, and is destined to become a perennial favorite for years to come. Even better, you don’t need to go to a bar to enjoy this drink. You can make it for yourself right at home with simple ingredients that you already probably have on hand.


Customizing Your Drink

You can use any Canadian whisky that you’d like to make this drink, as well as sour apple schnapps for the trademark tartness. If you want to get fancy, you can replace standard schnapps with Calvados; an apple brandy from France, or other high-end apple liqueur. By using a higher-end brandy or liqueur, you can elevate the drink, cut back on tartness, and eliminate artificial flavors completely. One of the best parts of this drink is how you can customize it to your taste.



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You can also enjoy this wonderful beverage as a shot or a cocktail. It’s easy to customize the size of your drink by simply reducing the quantity of the ingredients while keeping the same ratio. Once you’ve made your shot-sized version of this drink, all you need to do is shake, pour it into a shot glass, and enjoy! Although this particular drink won’t keep the doctor away like your standard apple will, it can make any and all occasions memorable and is sure to be a hit at any party.


Washington Apple Ingredients

  • 1-ounce sour apple schnapps, apple liqueur, or apple brandy
  • 1- ounce fresh cranberry juice
  • 1-ounce of your favorite Canadian whisky
  • 1 apple slice to garnish 


To Prepare This Drink

  1. Combine the apple schnapps/liqueur/brandy, cranberry juice, and Canadian whisky into a chilled, ice-filled shaker
  2. Shake vigorously to thoroughly combine all ingredients
  3. Strain and pour into a coupe glass or shot glass
  4. Garnish the rim with your apple slice


If you’re looking for a spectacular drink that is punchy, delicious, and full of tasty apple flavor, the Washington Apple is a great option! Better still, you can make this drink into a standard-sized beverage or a shot-sized one. It’s up to you. One thing is for sure; this tasty beverage will liven up any get-together and is a refreshing and unexpected change from more standard cocktails. Next time you want to branch out and try something new, consider trying your hand at crafting this great fruity cocktail.


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