Best Vodka Cocktails

The Nicholas Collins will warm you up on a cold day with its spice-infused flavors

The flavors of fall comfort the senses in this spice-infused drink.

The Hawthorne, Boston, MA

Created by: Jackson Cannon, Bar Director and Owner

1 1/2 ounces apple-spiced vodka
1/2 ounce Schonauer Apfel liqueur (see directions below)
1/2 ounce raw sugar simple syrup (see directions below)
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Dash of cranberry bitters
Barritt's ginger beer
Sliced apples, for garnish
Cherry, for garnish

In a shaker, combine the apple-spiced vodka, Schonauer Apfel liqueur, Demerara simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and cranberry bitters. Pour into an ice-filled Collins glass and top with Barritt's ginger beer. Garnish with the sliced apples and cherry.

Apple-Spiced Vodka
1 cinnamon stick
1 liter Absolut vodka
8 allspice berries
3 cloves 
2 Honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced

Toast the cinnamon, allspice berries and cloves in a dry sauté pan until warm. Add to 1 liter of Absolut vodka and let rest for two hours. Place the Honeycrisp apple slices in the vodka mixture. Keep covered in a cool, dry place for 48 hours, and then strain and rebottle. Refrigerate if not using within one week.

Raw Sugar Simple Syrup
1 cup raw sugar
1 cup water
Combine the raw sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve. The liquid will be grainy, then cloudy, and is ready when it is completely clear.

Spirit Information


Boston MA 02215 U.S.


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