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  • Apple-Herb Shrub
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 medium Honeycrisp apple, grated
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Fall Apple & Herb Smash
  • 3 fluid ounces (6 tablespoons) bourbon whiskey
  • 1 fluid ounce (2 tablespoons) simple syrup
  • 4 thin slices Honeycrisp apple plus additional for garnish
  • 3 thin slices fresh ginger
  • 1/4 lemon, cut into wedges
  • Ice
  • 2 fluid ounces (1/4 cup) lemon sparkling seltzer water
  • Sage leaves for garnish


  1. Apple-Herb Shrub: Toss sage, thyme, cinnamon, apple and sugar in medium bowl; cover and refrigerate at least 2 or up to 6 days. Strain herb mixture through fine-mesh strainer into small bowl, pressing on solids to extract liquid; whisk in vinegar. Transfer to an airtight container; refrigerate up to 3 months. Makes about 4 fluid ounces (1/2 cup).
  2. Fall Apple & Herb Smash: In cocktail shaker, muddle bourbon, simple syrup, apple, ginger and lemon with muddler or wooden spoon handle; add 2 fluid ounces (1/4 cup) Apple-Herb Shrub. Fill shaker halfway with ice; cover and shake vigorously.
  3. Fill 2 (12-ounce) highball glasses with ice; strain bourbon mixture into glasses. Top with seltzer; garnish with apple slices and/or sage leaves.


To make simple syrup: Stir a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water in a small saucepan (i.e., 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water), and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture is clear; do not stir.

Similar to a pestle, a muddler is a long stick used to mash fruits, herbs and spices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker or glass.

  • 254 Calories
  • 0g Fat (0g Saturated)
  • 0mg Cholesterol
  • 3mg Sodium
  • 40g Carbohydrates
  • 2g Fiber
  • 0g Protein