Local Apple Cocktails to Enjoy


Cheers to Nova Scotia Apples! Here's some great apple cocktail recipes that feature unique spirits made by Nova Scotia distillers. 


Coldstream Clear Spiced Apple Martini

Coldstream Clear Distillery in Stewiacke is mixing in their Homemade Apple Pie Liqueur  and their 1749 Original Spirit to create a killer Spiced Apple Martini.

  • 1oz 1749 Original Spirit
  • 1oz Apple Pie
  • 1½ oz apple cider (Nova Scotian)
  • 1½ oz honey
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 1 barspoon of spiced syrup

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill tin to ¾ height with ice. Seal and shake hard for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Still Fired Moonshine Mule

Moscow Mules are all the rage. And we’re kind of loving Still Fired Distilleries in Annapolis Royal for creating the Still Fired Moonshine Mule starring their Granny’s Apple Pie Moonshine.

  • In a shaker add 5-6 ice cubes
  • 4 oz of Granny's Apple Pie Moonshine
  • Shake until Apple Pie is nicely chilled
  • Add 2-3 ice cubes to a Mule Glass and fill half way with chilled Apple Pie
  • Top up the rest of the glass with Propeller Ginger Beer
  • Squeeze a lime wedge into glass and serve
  • Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wedge


Grand Pre Pomme D’Or

OK. It comes from a winery, not a distillery, but Pomme D’or from Domaine de Grand Pré is a fantastic dessert wine made from old and new apple varieties. It’s seasonal and not always available, but worth the work to find.


Ironworks Distillery Apple Brandy

Ironworks Distillery in Lunenburg is one of the longest running distilleries in our province. These folks make an impressive array of spirits, and if you’re in the mood for apple, then we suggest their Apple Brandy. Now, what to do? Let’s keep this one simple. We suggest an Apple Car.

  • Fill a shaker with ice
  • Add 20ml fresh lemon juice, 20ml triple sec and 40ml apple brandy
  • Shake hard, strain into a stemmed glass and garnish with a Maraschino cherry.


Gin & Tonic with an Apple Twist

We added this one for two reasons. You can use your favorite local apple juice. And you can use your favourite gin from any number of local producers. Nova Scotia Spirit Co., Steinhart, Ironworks, Compass, Halifax Distilling…they all make great gin.

  • 3 shots apple juice
  • 2 shots tonic water
  • 2 shots gin
  • 6-8 mint leaves, plus 1 sprig to garnish
  • Ice

Mash mint leaves in bottom of a tall glass with a wooden spoon. Fill glass with ice. Add gin, tonic and apple juice. Stir well and garnish with a mint leaf.