10+ Sweet and Savory Washington Apple Drink Recipes
“An apple a day, keeps the doctor away” - this may be true in most cases but not in this one. Drinking in moderation is the best way to enjoy a good drink like Washington Apple.
The Washington Apple is a delightful cocktail that incorporates the taste of apples (usually with sour apple pucker) and the tangy flavor of cranberry juice, resulting in a sweet and sour treat that can easily become a favorite. It can also be served on the rocks or as a shot.
Before learning the recipe, you need to know how this awesome drink came to be. In the 1980s, there was a catastrophe that struck in Washington and affected the most in-demand apples.
Due to the infamous Nigerian “Naguyuc” bug, a nasty crop failure occurred and along with it, a total loss on the farmers’ part. Many have abandoned their orchards to look for other prospects in other fruits, except for one man named Christof Guycoogan who was a carpenter. After a day’s work, he would enjoy a nice glass of his favorite shot that consisted of Canadian whiskey and cranberry juice.
One night, he stopped by at a local bar and got his favorite drink. And then, out of nowhere, still bearing the drink in his hand, he tripped into a pile of rotten apples and splashed juice on everything including his drink. He took a sip and had a moment of enlightenment.
He thought the taste was divine and he started to visit the abandoned orchards to gather more rotten apple juice. He then fermented the juice into a fine apple liqueur and mixed it with the whiskey and cranberry juice that resulted in an amazing concoction.
The story behind the Washington Apple proves that even in the most unexpected ways, you can create something grand. Drinks are all about creativity, you never know what you’ll create if you only stick to what you know.
Because the Washington Apple cocktail is quite prominent and among favorites due to its sweet and sour flavor, it can be prepared in numerous ways other than a cocktail in a martini glass.
Aside from the different modes of preparing this delectable drink, here are some Washington Apple variations that you can try. Some of them have other accompanying flavors other than cranberry juice, but they also go well with the apple's taste.
It is mostly known as the Cosmo, a staple in bars and one of the most prominent drinks with cranberry juice. Its bright pinkish color attracts party goers and if that’s not enough, they make them want more due to its astounding sweet and sour taste.
Enjoy this refreshing glass of the classic margarita with a twist: apples, that add a nice touch of sourness to that good tequila.
Extend your apple margarita adventure with this amazing apple cider version that gives a richer, earthier flavor to the drink. It’ll take your drinking experience to a whole new level.
As a kid, you probably had several caramel apples. Relive your childhood memories by having the adult and liquid version of your favorite treat.
Candies are generally sweet but people always have a thing with sour candies and you can try this liquid version of the candy and decide which one you prefer.
Did you know that the Mojito is a relative of the Ricky since it also originated in Cuba? Originally a highball cocktail, this version of the Rum Ricky features brandy apple. Try one now!
A dessert or treat that you can drink. There’s already a caramel apple martini but why stop there when you can try different alcohol to pair the apple and caramel flavor with whiskey. It's best to make this with Crown Royal but if you have other preferences, it's fine too.
Another caramel apple variation that is definitely not the least. This one also features whiskey but with an added special and nutty flavor of hazelnut and vanilla.
Have a go at this refreshing glass of apple mojito that incorporates the flavors of mint, lime, and apple, perfect to sip on a hot summer day.
Mimosas are more on the fancy side and are great for brunches. This recipe is as easy to make and as it is tasty to drink. Serve this one for your guests, surely they’ll remember you for it.
Since the Washington Apple cocktail is a sweet and sour drink, it is ideal to pair with savory dishes to balance the flavors. It is also a fancy drink, making it great to have at brunches with your friends. You can also nibble on these awesome finger foods at your next party or girl's night out.
Famous finger food and a luxurious one at that is cheese. It’s not just for cooking, it also pairs well with alcohol like the Washington Apple.
Meat dishes also are a great choice to pair the lovely Washington Apple cocktail to wash it down with, and there are plenty of meat types to choose from that you can eat at lunch or dinner. This Grilled Veggie and Steak makes a good pair for any apple cocktails with cranberry juice. With less than 30 minutes to prepare and cook, this is a sure winner.
Test out how well your steak is with a simple finger test. Press together with your thumb and the index finger for how a rare steak feels by pressing the juncture of your fingers with your other index finger.
Beautifully crusted with the mustard-cheese mixture and served with crispy onion rings, enjoy your ribeye steak with your favorite apple cocktail. Cooked in less than 40 minutes, it makes a good dinner treat with your spouse.
Take your crisp pork belly to a whole new level by adding some fresh watermelon salad. A truly satisfying and refreshing treat that will not clash with your favorite apple cocktail with the flavor of cranberry juice like the Washington Apple.
Having a party is also a good way to gorge on desserts. Dark chocolate works well with Crown Royal whiskey or any other whiskey and cranberry juice cocktails so it’s a definite winner.
Generally, a glass of Washington apple contains 16% alcohol (32 proof) when you use an 80-proof whiskey and DeKuyper's Sour Apple Pucker which is 30 proof.
Given its rich history and the state where it’s from, the name Washington Apple would make sense. Also, because this drink is mostly made with apples from Washington.
Mostly, the regular one is used but if you want to have more apple flavor in your drink, you can use the apple Crown Royal.
Apple is generally complementary to cinnamon and mint. It also goes well with something sparkly like soda. Cranberry juice not only adds flavor but also color. Other fruits like orange and lemon also work.
70 proof (35% Alcohol by volume or ABV).
It’s sweet, it’s sour, it’s red and it’s a pure delight! The Washington Apple drink is great to order at a bar or make at home to serve among your friends. Its fruity combinations result in a taste so good that it has continued its existence since its glorious beginnings.
The Washington Apple drink is one of those concoctions that you don’t get easily bored with and it’s also a great drink to have during brunch. It is also versatile as it can be made in different forms.
So, which Washington Apple recipe variation is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
The story behind the Washington Apple proves that even in the most unexpected of ways, you can create something grand. Drinks are all about creativity, you never know what you’ll create if you only stick to what you know.
2 oz. Smirnoff Vodka
2 oz. DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps