Fall Drinks: Apple Cocktails, Liquor, and Spirits
This collection of Valley-made hard cider, vodka, and brandy lets you have your apples and drink them too. Raise a glass to these autumn cocktails
Photograph courtesy of Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
Looking for a fun new way to get your apple a day? Distilleries all over the Valley are cranking out spirits made from Hudson Valley apples just in time for all of your fall festivities. Here’s a few adult drinks that will have your spirits soaring.
Doc’s Draft Hard Apple Cider
Made at the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, Doc's Draft is a semi-dry cider packed with 100% Hudson Valley fruit. This gluten-free hard cider won several awards including the Gold Medal in the Hudson Valley Wine Competition.
$4.99 for 22 oz. bottle at the Warwick Valley Winery
Tuthilltown’s Heart of the Hudson and Spirit of the Hudson vodkas, respectively. Photograph courtesy of Tuthilltown Spirits
Tuthilltown Spirits' Heart of the Hudson Vodka
Like most Hudson Valleyites, the distillers at Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner know that apples are the key to the “heart of the Hudson.” Tuthilltown’s Heart of the Hudson Vodka (far left) is pressed from about 80 Hudson Valley apples, one batch at a time. The apples are then fermented and double distilled in a 20-plate copper pot still to create a genuine batch of apple vodka. It's not “apple-flavored” vodka as there are no artificial flavors used.
$33.99 for 750 ml bottle at Catskill Cellars
Tuthilltown Spirits’ Spirit of the Hudson Vodka
Tuthilltown Spirits satsifies a more delicate apple craving with their Spirit of the Hudson Vodka (near left). Bottled at 80 proof, this liquor is Tuthilltown's “lightest” spirit. Spirit of the Hudson Vodka contains 100% Hudson Valley apples with no artificial flavors.
$35.99 for 750 ml bottle at drinkupny.com