Auld Allianc

For this Scotch cocktail, New York City mixologist Nick Bennett shakes in Calvados and cinnamon syrup to capture the flavors of a baked-apple dessert. Slideshow: Whiskey Cocktails 

Total Time:
5 mins


  • 1 1/2 ounces blended Scotch, such as Monkey Shoulder

  • 1/2 ounce Calvados

  • 1/4 ounce Cinnamon Syrup (see Note)

  • 2 dashes of orange bitters

  • Ice, plus 1 large cube for serving

  • 1 green apple slice, for garnish


  1. In a mixing glass, combine the Scotch, Calvados, Cinnamon Syrup and bitters. Fill the glass with ice and stir briefly. Strain into a chilled rocks glass over the large ice cube and garnish with the apple slice.


Cinnamon Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 4 ounces water and three 2-inch cinnamon sticks broken into large pieces. Cook over moderately low heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Discard the cinnamon. Transfer the syrup to a jar and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. Makes about 8 ounces.

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