Jun. 26, 2020

Autumn Glory Apple Bourbon Smash

Yield: 2-3 cocktails

Skill level: Easy

What's better in the summer than a delicious cocktail!? Ice cold and refreshing with the perfect amount of sweetness and a splash of soda water for the perfect fizz. This bourbon smash is sweetened with Autumn Glory apple simple syrup and a hint of thyme. Simple, yet oh so yummy and a true crowd pleaser!


Apple Thyme Simple Syrup (Makes enough for 2-3 cocktails)

  • 1 cup diced Autumn Glory apple
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup organic sugar
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

For one cocktail:

  • 3 oz apple thyme simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 oz soda water (lemon or unflavored)
  • 3 apple slices (optional, as garnish)
  • 1-2 sprigs dried thyme (optional, as garnish)


  1. First, make the apple thyme simple syrup. Add the diced apples, water, sugar, and dried thyme to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring continuously. The syrup is ready when the liquid has begun to turn a very light brown and caramelize and the apples are beginning to soften.
  2. Remove the simple syrup from the heat and add to a container to cool completely before using. Store the simple syrup in the fridge for 1-2 hours for the best flavor.
  3. Once the syrup has cooled, add it to a cocktail shaker and muddle the apples until all juice has been released. Then, fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously to chill.
  4. To make one cocktail, fill up a cocktail glass with 2-3 large ice cubes. Then, add in 3 oz apple thyme simple syrup, 1.5 oz bourbon, 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice, and top with 3 oz soda water. Stir together and garnish with fresh apple slices and dried thyme. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe created by Short Girl Tall Order for Superfresh Growers.

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