Quince’ Jones

Quince is a tough fall fruit in the same family as pears and apples, with a secret reward.  While quince is closely related to pears and apples it lacks their immediate edibility and appeal.  While not a particularly good eaten raw quince comes alive when stewed in sugar becoming sweet, delicate and fragrant.  The crisp and dry howling moon apple cider brings these fall orchard fruits together for a family reunion.


2oz Howling Moon Craft Cider

1.5oz Old grand dad bourbon

.5oz simple syrup

.25oz lemon juice

1 heaping Tbsp quince bourbon jam

1 dash angustura bitters

1 slice of dehydrated pear chip

Preparation Method:

Muddle jam and syrup together in a mixing glass.  Add lemon juice, bourbon, bitters and ice.  Shake vigorously and double strain into a cocktail coupe.  Top with howling moon craft cider and garnish with pear chip.


A is for Apple, B is for Bourbon

recipe courtesy Amy Grondin for Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Amy’s a hard-working fisherman, and this serious cocktail is an excellent finish to a day of physical labor. Buffalo Trace bourbon is particularly delicious with the apple wine, but any good bourbon will do nicely.

makes 1 cocktail | start to finish: 5 mintues

1 ounce Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine
1 ounce Bourbon
Orange twist for garnish

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Cover and shake hard until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Stone Fence

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Adjust your bourbon as you like—Buffalo Trace’s vanilla sweetness is nice, Bulleit has just a hint of smokiness, and Woodford Reserve’s smoothness disappears with barely a whisper.

makes 1 highball | start to finish: 5 minutes

1 1/2 ounces bourbon
2 dashes bitters
6 ounces cider

Fill a highball glass two thirds of the way with ice. Pour in the bourbon and bitters on top of the ice. Cover the glass with a cocktail shaker and shake until the contents are well chilled. Top up the glass with cider, garnish with a lemon twist and serve.

A note on bitters
Angostura or Peychaud’s bitters are the ones you’ll be able to find most easily in grocery stores. With the bitters revival going on, we suggest tracking down terrific aromatic bitters from companies like Scrappy’s, Bittermens, Fee Brothers, Hella Bitter or The Bitter Truth.  They can be pricey, but since you’re using just a drop or two per cocktail, each bottle goes a long way. The flavors vary slightly from brand to brand—and even with that tiny amount in each drink, they can really improve the final cocktail. We figure if you’re starting with great cider, you’ll want to get all the details done right.