Apple Brown Betty: The perfect Autumn cocktail recipe

Posted on Friday, 10/19/2018

This is sweater weather, the flavors of Fall, the essence of Autumn: meet the leading lady of the season, her name is Apple Brown Betty.

Apple Brown Betty

Tools: Mixing Glass, Strainer, Stir stick, small dish
Glassware: Rocks Glass or Mug


  • 2oz CH Vodka
  • .5oz CH-Dogma Amargo de Chile
  • 4oz Apple Cider
  • 1 Orange Wedge with a notch cut in it
  • .5 Tablespoon Brown Sugar


  • Graham Cracker Crumb Rim
  • 1 Tablespoon Fine Ground Graham Cracker
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

For Rim:

  • Mix together Brown Sugar and Graham Cracker in the small flat dish
  • Trace rim of Collins glass with notched orange, place the glass rim down on the dish, roll until you have a fairly even coating of crumb
  • Turn the glass is back up, using the notch, place orange on rim
  • Make sure to rim the glass before pouring in the drink

For the Cocktail:

  • Combine CH Vodka, CH-Dogma Amargo de Chile, Apple Cider, and half a tablespoon Brown Sugar in a mixing glass
  • Stir until sugar dissolves
  • Strain stirred spirits and brown sugar into rocks glass over ice, stir

Build Your Bar Knowledge: This drink can be served hot or cold. If you choose to serve warm, combine the brown sugar and apple cider in a small sauce pot over a low heat. Ladle out 4 oz or half a cup into a sugar rimmed mug, then add spirits and the oranges.

Pitcher Portion (Serves 5)

  • 7.5oz CH Vodka
  • 2.5oz CH-Dogma Amargo de Chile
  • 15oz Apple Cider
  • 8 Orange Wedge with a notch cut in it
  • 5 Tablespoon Fine Ground Graham Cracker
  • 7 Tablespoon Brown Sugar


  • Combine CH Vodka, CH-Dogma Amargo de Chile, 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, and 3 orange wedges into a pitcher, stir until sugar is dissolved
  • Add half a pitcher of ice and Apple Cider
  • Rim each glass with the rest of the Brown Sugar and Graham Cracker mixture

Hack: If you have the time you can make it your own. Toast spices like cinnamon sticks, clove, grated nutmeg, use Green or Gala apples, add just enough water to cover the apples. Sweeten with brown sugar, maple syrup, or demerara- a less refined sugar that bartender use in darker drinks. Bring to a boil at first, and keep on a low heat (occasionally adding small amounts of water) until the apples are very soft. Add fresh ginger, lemon, or cardamom for pops of flavor. Patience is key. And if you want to change up the flavor without altering your cider, try mixing other spice blends like Chinese 5 spice or dark chili powder with your brown sugar rim mix.