With holiday parties getting into full swing, I have had a few requests for drink ideas.  I love the combo of whisky and apple, and these flavors work great hot or cold.

While there are of course differences in the taste between rye whisky and bourbon (both seen above), any of your favorites will work here, and will be a nice change from the ubiquitous vodka.

Sorry no pics of the drinks themselves – I am not so great at mixing cameras and cocktails.  Someday maybe…

The cold version is inspired by the Whirling Tiger at Death & Co in New York, but while they use fresh fuji apple juice, I work the Simply Apple.  The choice is yours.


To add to the “festive-ness” of the drink, these sterling silver straws would be a great touch.  But if the Cristofle ones are a bit much, there are a few alternatives, including the silver spoon/straws similar to those at Little Branch (another great place for cocktail ideas). And if you are going to a party, rather than hosting, these double as a fab gift!

But back the scheduled cocktails…

“Swirling” Tiger
* I combined the name of the actual drink with the fun motion of swirling these fancy straws…
2 parts bourbon
1 part fresh apple juice (see above)
1/2 part fresh lemon juice
1/2 part ginger simple syrup (see below)
In a rocks glass, fill with ice.  Add bourbon, apple juice, lemon and ginger syrup.  Stir to combine and drink.  Garnish if desired with thinly sliced apple.

Ginger Syrup
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
2-3 inch piece of ginger, sliced and unpeeled
Bring water, sugar, and ginger to a boil in a saucepan, then stir until sugar is dissolved.  Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove from heat and let steep 15 minutes.
Pour ginger syrup through a sieve into a bowl, discarding ginger. Chill, covered, at least 2 hours.
Hot Apple Toddy
*as this is a hot beverage, the ratio is lighter on the toddy part.  Feel free to up the ante if you prefer, but watch out – they can sneak up on you.
1 part bourbon
2 parts hot good apple cider
cinnamon sticks
whole cloves
In a large pot, add apple cider, 3 cinnamon sticks and 10 whole cloves (wrapped in cheesecloth if you wish – makes it easier to remove later).  Heat over medium heat until it comes to a simmer.
Add 2 oz. bourbon to a heat-proof mug and top with hot apple cider.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired.

Resources for the straws:

1. Christofle Champagne Straws, at Vivre

2.  RSVP Set of 4 Drinking Straws

3.  Zack Sugar Straw/Spoon

4.  Iced Tea Julep Stainless Steel Straw Spoon

5.  Global Decor Combination Straw/Spoons

6.  Danesco Stainless Steel Spoon Straws at Target

Images of the Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon, Hudson Valley Rye and Maker’s Mark all from Wally’s