Fall’s crisp air lends itself to many seasonal treats (including some previously-mentioned fall drinks), but no ingredient says “fall” as much as an apple.

Luckily, we don’t have to be like Herculus and travel to the Garden of the Hesperides to find fantastic apples, as they’re abundant at our local farmer’s markets.

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And while eating an apple in fall is great, enjoying an apple- or apple-cider-based cocktail is even better. Try the following five apple cocktail recipes and see if you agree (Hint: when called for, always use apple cider, which is good and cloudy—not apple juice).

Steaming Spiked Cider
This is an old favorite that has been served at many fall wing-dings. Though I usually shy away from most schnapps, I can’t forget about tradition here. And besides, the end result is delicious. This recipe from Good Spirits serves around 10: Add 4 quarts apple cider to a large nonreactive saucepan. Heat over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Add 20 ounces Hot Damn cinnamon schnapps, 16 ounces white rum, 1 teaspoon whole cloves, 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, and 10 cinnamon sticks.  Simmer for 15 minutes, but don’t let the mixture boil. Once thoroughly warm, ladle into heatproof mugs, making sure that each mug gets a cinnamon stick. Garnish each with an apple slice.

To read more from our friends at Seattle Magazine, click here for the full list of apple-licious fall drinks. 

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