This Apple Sidecar Cocktail is a warming, earthy, sweet and a perfect drink for the autumn and winter season.  A seasonal and delicious twist on a cocktail classic with delicious flavors of orange, apple, sage and nutmeg.

A stemmed glass with apple sidecar garnished with a sage leaf

Based on the original Sidecar that is made with cognac, bourbon was my chosen alcohol for this cocktail. Really good apple cider is a must when making this drink because using good quality ingredients is just as important in mixology as cooking food.

The drinks from above with fresh sage and an apple

To make this Apple Sidecar Cocktail even more seasonal, I added leaves of fresh sage to the shaker for an earthy essence. The original sidecar is made with fresh lemon juice but I used orange liqueur as a complement to all the other flavors going on and the drink is finished with a touch of freshly grated nutmeg.

Served in retro 1920’s elegant coupé glasses, this drink is elegant enough to serve when entertaining family, Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner or just a night in by the fire.

Winter doesn’t have to be all about hot chocolate and cocoa. If you’re like me, you love a good hot toddy in the cold weather. Pimm’s (a British liqueur) is mixed with warm orange, caramel and cinnamon to make a Pimm’s Winter Cup. The cold weather version of the summer Pimm’s Cup.

Glass cups of Pimm's winter cup in snow with ferns and cones
Yield: 2

Apple Sidecar Cocktail

A lovely side image of the drink on a board with a cocktail shaker

This apple sidecar is a seasonal and delicious twist on a cocktail classic with delicious flavors of orange, apple, sage and nutmeg.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces bourbon or whiskey
  • 3 ounces fresh orange liqueur
  • 4 ounces good apple cider
  • 2 large sage leaves, plus 2 small for garnish
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions

  1. To a shaker filled with ice add the bourbon or whiskey, orange liqueur, apple cider and sage leaves. Shake for 10 seconds.
  2. Strain into chilled glasses, grate a little nutmeg and float a sage leaf for garnish.

Nutrition Information

Yield

2

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 222Sodium 2mgCarbohydrates 10g