Pillar of Autumn Cocktail Recipe

The Pillar of Autumn Cocktail is great for those living in areas where you get rich flavors growing all over the place in random orchards and farms so we’re lucky to have a lot of variety...
Pillar of Autumn Cocktail


Serve in a Coupe Glass

  • 1 oz bourbon whiskey (Berkshire Mountain Distillers)
  • 1 oz Applejack (bonded if you roll like that)
  • 1/2 Averna amaro
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 2 dashes cedar cherry bitters (Apothecary Bitters)
  • 1/3 of McIntosh apple, peeled + small piece of ginger, peeled
  • 2 barspoons of real maple syrup

Garnish: None needed

Required Tools

How to Make

  1. Take about 1/3rd of a peeled apple, chop it into smaller chunks and add to empty shaker.
  2. Add the peeled piece of ginger and muddle them together until you’ve extracted most of the juice.
  3. Add the lime juice, bitters, Averna, bourbon & Applejack to the shaker, along with the maple syrup.
  4. Fill shaker with ice and take it for a ride until chilled.
  5. Double strain your Pillar of Autumn cocktail into a chilled glass. No garnish needed.


The Pillar of Autumn cocktail is a shaken drink with muddled apples & ginger, fresh lime juice that joins forces with the pressed juices, Averna amaro and cherry bitters to bring it depth and finally, Applejack and bourbon to give it strength.

Our Pillar of Autumn Cocktail is sweet and refreshing. Exactly what I’d want to drink in between those tasty stirred cocktails I’ve recommended you sip:

Initially I made this with Virgil Kane’s ginger-infused bourbon which is delicious and if you have the chance, definitely check them out, be it for this drink or simply to sip it on a leisurely walk at the park.

I wasn’t able to find enough of it around to make it the basis of this cocktail however, hence the muddled ginger in this Pillar of Autumn cocktail.

Can You Garnish the Pillar of Autumn Cocktail?

Sure. If you’re feeling like garnishing, hence our picture, you can get creative with a number of season fruits that fit the theme of the Pillar of Autumn Cocktail. Our recommended garnish, should you choose to use one, would definitely be an orange peel to balance the whiskey notes in this drink.

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