Poisoned Apple

A spooky good cocktail for Halloween season

poisoned apple cocktail with stencil of a bat


Poisoned Apple
Made by Suzanne and Evan

The Poisoned Apple is a classic whiskey sour, with a autumnal twist. This cocktail recipe combines the sweetness of a brown sugar bourbon and tartness of apple cider and citrus to bring you the perfect fall sipper.

We would highly advise a vigorous dry shake (step 2) and double straining with a fine mesh strainer. This creates a dense foam that lasts longer and makes the stenciled image clearer.

Charcoal is great for your Halloween stencil, but you can repurpose this cocktail throughout the holidays. Use cinnamon with a Thanksgiving stencil and nutmeg with a Christmas one!

If you love this cocktail, check out all three of our Hocus Pocus inspired Halloween cocktails, our full library of cocktails or our Craft Cocktail Making playlist on YouTube.

Let’s Get Shakin’ 

Serves: 1

Special Tools: Cocktail Shaker, Strainer, Fine Mesh Strainer, Stencil, Dusting Wand

Difficulty: High


½ oz lemon juice

1 egg white or ½ oz aquafaba

2 oz Brown Sugar Bourbon

½ oz hard apple cider

Activated charcoal tablets (optional)

  1. Add the lemon juice, egg white (or aquafaba), and bourbon to the cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously without ice for 45 seconds. 
  3. Add ice, secure top on tightly, and shake for another 10 seconds. 
  4. Strain into coupe or martini glass (double strain through a mesh strainer if available). 
  5. Add a splash of cider to the shaker and give 3-4 gentle shakes and strain once more into the cocktail to get all the foamy goodness. 
  6. Empty activated charcoal capsules into your dusting wand. 
  7. Hold stencil over the cocktail as close as possible without touching foam. 
  8. Sprinkle activated charcoal over the stencil to imprint your design.
Suzanne making a sour face wondering if she'll like this cocktail
But will I like it?

Cocktail flavor profile

Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well! So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize.  This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well!
  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Spiritous
  • Refreshing
  • Complex/Funky/Unique

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