Big apple – the cocktail insider tip from new york

Big Apple – The cocktail insider tip from New York

The Big Apple Cocktail: A real insider tip that can not yet be found on all cocktail menus of this world. But that is certainly not because of its delicious fruity apple flavor.

New York is the city that never sleeps. It is constantly reinventing itself, looking fresh and dynamic. Just like today’s cocktail, whose name was inspired by the nickname of this city: Big Apple. The apple Calvados and the almond flavor of the amaretto perfectly round off the fruity flavor of the apple juice. With this drink, you can have a piece of New York at home.

Origin and name of the Big Apple Cocktail

When immigrants from all over the world came to the city at the beginning of the 19th century to find happiness, it was considered a prosperous place where everyone had a chance to achieve everything. Then, in the 1930s, jazz musicians coined the phrase “there are many apples on the tree, but New York is the biggest of them all” precisely the Big Apple.

Who the first person to mix a Big Apple was or what the original recipe looked like can no longer be traced today. It was probably created around 1976 when the apple became the state fruit of New York. In fact, the region around NYC is the second-largest apple producer in the US. To create a cocktail in honor of the apple was an obvious choice.

Everyone has their own Big Apple recipe

The cocktail spread throughout the U.S. and around the world, being adapted to each country and its conditions. That’s why there are countless variations, some with whiskey (like the Washington Apple) or vodka. But they all have one thing in common: they clearly focus on the flavor of the apple.

The taste of apple and matching flavors

Our version is very fruity. How sweet it will turn out in the end also depends on the apple juice and applesauce. It is best to use juice not made from concentrate or make your own with a juicer. Whether clear or cloudy is up to your personal preference. However, applesauce and apple juice should not contain any added sugar.

Serve the Big Apple well chilled for a fruity and sweet refreshment for you and your friends, even on warm summer days.

Big Apple

Big apple cocktail
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Still a real insider tip that can not yet be found on all cocktail menus of this world. But that is certainly not because of its wonderfully fruity apple flavor.
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Preparation time: 2 minutes
Mixing time: 3 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Category: Fruity, Longdrink
Origin: American, New York
Keywords: Amaretto, Apple juice, Apple sauce, Apples, Calvados, Cinnamon, Ice cubes
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Leon Zeschke



  • 9 cl apple juice
  • 6 cl Calvados
  • 1 tbsp. applesauce
  • 2 cl Amaretto or apple cider
  • some ice cubes
  • 1 apple cut into thin slices
  • 1 pinch cinnamon


  • Put the apple juice, Calvados, applesauce, amaretto, and some ice cubes in a shaker.
  • Mix for 1–2 minutes so that the ingredients mix well.
  • Then put more ice cubes in a glass.
  • Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass.
  • Decorate the rim of the glass with the apple slices and sprinkle a little cinnamon on the cocktail.


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Proof: 14.8% vol
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What type of glass should I use?

A nice, bulbous glass, reminiscent of the fruit, fits just as well as any other. To make the Big Apple even more perfect and extraordinary, you can serve it in an apple. Simply hollow out a crisp apple and rub some lemon juice on the inside to prevent the apple from turning brown.

Add ice cubes, strain the contents of the shaker over them, and insert a straw into the cocktail. You can purée the cut-out apple pieces and use them as applesauce for your next Big Apple.

How can I vary the flavor?

If you want the cocktail to be less sweet, you can replace the amaretto with apple cider, Calvados, or vodka. Or increase the amount of lemon juice until you like it. You can also try blends with vodka, whiskey, and apple brandy, or leave out the cinnamon.

Über Leon Zeschke | Avatar of leon zeschkeLeon is a food blogger, nutritionist, and passionate cocktail nerd. He loves trying out new cocktails and sharing his creations. Jonas is also one of the founders and part of the editorial team of
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