Variations That Are Still the Apple Bomb
The apple bomb has many variations, none less delicious than the last. Here are a few ways to get there.
- Instead of storebought apple whiskey, easily infuse your own whiskey, rye, or bourbon with apples-layer on additional flavors by including cinnamon or fresh ginger as well.
- Replace the whiskey with an equal amount of applejack brandy or apple pie vodka.
- If ginger beer is a bit too spicy or overwhelming for use, consider topping off with club soda instead or using equal parts club soda and ginger beer.
- Swap the apple cider for apple juice to balance out the spiced flavors of the cocktail.
- Include a splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice to add some citrus flavors.
- Swap your bourbon for an apple-infused spiced rum.
From different types of apples to modern and traditional garnishes, any of these options will make your apple bomb complete.
- Use a lemon or orange peel, ribbon, or twist for a soft citrus touch.
- Dehydrated garnishes create a fun and unique look for any cocktail. You can use a dehydrated citrus wheel or a dehydrated apple slice.
- Pierce several pieces of candied ginger on a cocktail skewer. You can also add apple slices or a dehydrated garnish.
- Peel an apple, rolling the peel up and piercing with a cocktail skewer or creating a wave as you skewer it.
- Combine a red apple slice with a green apple slice, or use their different peels together.
About the Apple Bomb
Whiskey and apple are a tale as old as time, and the apple bomb simply pairs those flavors together in a new way. However, a quick search will yield several different versions of this cocktail, all with the same name. If you're searching for a whiskey apple shot more along the lines of a Washington Apple martini, you can craft a Washington Apple bomb with a handful of changes that'll alter the cocktail entirely. With approximately three-quarters of an ounce of apple whiskey and apple liqueur in a shot glass, fill a pint glass halfway with an energy drink such as Red Bull and add a splash of tart cranberry juice. To enjoy, drop the shot glass into the pint glass and chug. Does the process seem familiar? It's a traditional bomb drink, much like an Irish Slammer or Jäger Bomb. Swap the whiskey for butterscotch liqueur for a caramel flavor and skip the cranberry juice altogether.
An Apple Cocktail That Will Blow You Away
This easy three-ingredient cocktail is a game-changer for any time of the year, but it really shines in the fall when you bring home a jug of freshly pressed apple cider. So when the rest of your party is serving up a dark and stormy or you need something that isn't a Moscow mule, put the can of ginger beer to use in this apple bomb cocktail.