Project Sip: Stop! Apple Thyme

by Grace Bonney

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Kathryn McCrary and Jenn Gietzen are on a mission – a mission to share delicious and seasonal cocktail recipes with all of their friends online. They’ve already created an incredible peach margarita and raspberry gin drink and today they’re looking to one of my favorite fall activities – apple picking – for their libation inspiration. Today’s cocktail, part three of their “Project Sip,” is a flavorful Apple Thyme cocktail that pairs homemade apple brandy and lemon with fresh thyme and whiskey bourbon. If you need a little extra warmth on a cool fall day, this has “End-of-the-week-drink on the porch” written all over it. Thanks so much to Kathryn and Jenn for sharing this with us and to Candice Beaty for playing the role of hand model! xo, grace

Click through for the full recipe after the jump!

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Stop! Apple Thyme Recipe

What Inspired This Recipe: Our inspiration for our third Project Sip drink comes from dreaming of cozyfall nights by a fire. We’ve paired the crispness of apples with a smooth
whisky bourbon to capture the elements of fall in a drink. “Stop, Apple Thyme” is the perfect cocktail to whip up and celebrate the start of apple season and fall.


1 double shot of whiskey (Kathryn and Jenn prefer Bulleit Whiskey Bourbon)
1 double shot of apple brandy
1 single shot of thyme simple syrup
1/2 lemon for juice


Step 1: Add all together and shake in mixer.
Step 2: Strain over ice.
Step 3: Add garnish and voila!

*Kathryn and Jenn decided to make their own apple brandy, but you can also purchase it pre-made at your local liquor store!

Apple Brandy Recipe


4 cups of sugar
2 cups of water
8-10 apples, sliced
1 handle of brandy
2 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick (can add more depending on how cinnamon-y you like it :)


Step 1: Combine sugar and water in large saucepan.
Step 2: Bring to a boil and cook until sugar is dissolved.
Step 3: Remove from heat and place apples, brandy, cloves and cinnamon stick in sugar mixture.
Step 4: Let sit for 1-2 hours.
Step 5: Strain mixture into container.

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Project Sip Creators : Jenn Gietzen and Kathryn

Hand letting : Jenn Gietzen
Photography : Kathryn McCrary
Model and Assistant : Candice Beaty

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