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Thanksgiving Cocktail: Apple Cinnamon Manhattan

Apple Cinnamon Manhattan - Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipe

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Apple Cinnamon Manhattan

A fall twist on a classic boozy drink. This Thanksgiving cocktail will have your guests in the holiday spirit.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bourbon, Cocktail, Drink, Entertaining, Holiday, Party, Thanksgiving, Whiskey
Servings: 1
Calories: 220kcal


  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • .75 oz Apple Brandy
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 tsp Simple Syrup
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick


  • Put glass in freezer (we use coupes or martini glasses)
  • Using the side of a knife, crush the cinnamon stick
  • Add ice, a pinch of the crushed cinnamon stick, and the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker
  • Shake vieorously for about 30 seconds
  • Remove glasses from freezer and strain drink into glass
  • Garnish with a piece of the broken cinnamon stick

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Tools Needed

If you’re making this for yourself, you can make do with what you have on hand. If this is part of your Thanksgiving Day get together, you’re going want to break out the barware:

Apple Cinnamon Manhattan - Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipe

This Apple Cinnamon Manhattan is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail recipe. It’s grown-up enough to break out when you have company over, but it’s still playful enough to catch people off guard. 

This is booze forward and balanced by the sweetness of apple brandy. Basically, this cocktail tastes like fall.

It’s worth while to get full cinnamon sticks to make drink. They look beautiful as a garnish and help lightly incorporate a cinnamon flavor in a subtle way, where ground cinnamon feels a bit too strong sometimes. 

The best part? Now you have an excuse to use more cinnamon. Think: mulled wine, mulled cider, a hot toddy. The list goes on. Thanksgiving cocktails will help your holiday gathering stand out. 

If you don’t have simple syrup already, there’s no need to buy some. Just use this quick recipe!

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of bourbon should I use?

We prefer Makers Mark for this cocktail, but you can really use whatever bourbon you have on hand. We caution against using anything too expensive since the more nuanced flavors will be covered by the other ingredients. 

What can I use if I can’t find apple brandy?

If you can’t find Apple Brandy at your local liquor store, you can replace both the brand AND the simple syrup with 1-1.5 ounce of apple cider.

I don’t like whiskey, do you have any other Thanksgiving cocktails?

Yes! Or at least we will soon. Make sure to follow us on social media and we’ll let you know when new recipes are posted!

Can I substitute ground cinnamon if I don’t have cinnamon sticks?

We highly recommend using a whole cinnamon stick that you break with the side of your knife. Ground cinnamon is much stronger in flavor and doesn’t always incorporate into your drink well. If you can only use ground cinnamon, add a very small pinch to your shaker and add more to taste.

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