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Washington Apple Shot

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washington apple shot

Don’t be quick to sling your head back on this one. If you’re a bar hopper shot taker, this isn’t quite what you’re looking for. The Washington Apple Shot is a breed of the Washington Apple Cocktail made with whiskey—typically Canadian-style—apple schnapps, and cranberry juice. I added pomegranate to jazz it up! It’s a drink that’s crisp, pungent, and refreshing, one that you want to sip on for a little while. And if you’re interested in other delicious cocktails with a similar vibe, you could try these mimosas, appletinis, or a whole lotta other options here.

How did this cocktail get its name?

During the 1980s, the apples in Washington were infested with a bug that led to crop issues. But a man named Christof Guycoogan made apple liquor from those apples, which he then mixed with Canadian whiskey and cranberry juice.

Should I make this with ice?

I didn’t add ice to the method because shots are typically straight alcohol and not diluted with water. If you want this to be cold, chill your liquids.

Types of whiskey to use

This certainly depends on your taste for whiskey varieties. American, Irish, Scottish, Canadian, and Japanese have their own style. Some are smooth, others are more intense, and some have spicy notes. Try some out to choose your favorites. I chose Irish whiskey, as it was smoother than using American-style bourbon. 

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Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 5 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 5 mins
1 oz.

sour apple schnapps 

1 oz.

triple-distilled Irish whiskey

1/2 oz.

pomegranate juice 

1/2 oz.

sweetened cranberry juice 

Juice from 1 small lime 

1 tbsp.

granulated sugar 

  1. In a medium pitcher, stir schnapps, whiskey, pomegranate juice, and cranberry juice.
  2. Squeeze lime juice into a small bowl. Pour granulated sugar into another small bowl. Dip each shot glass into lime juice, then into sugar to coat rim. 
  3. Divide drink between shot glasses and serve.

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