Apples, cinnamon, and whiskey. Any one of those flavors can evoke the autumn season. Combine them into a drink, and you'll definitely fall (pun intended) for the result. You don't hear the phrase "how about them apples" much anymore (to my non-American readers -- it's an expression that means "what do you think about that?"), but as Matt Damon showed us in this scene from Good Will Hunting, sometimes it really hits the right note.
The American Apple is my variation on a Canadian whiskey based cocktail recipe that I saw on the barnonedrinks.com website.
1.5 ounces bourbon or rye (I like Bulleit and Willett)
.75 ounces apple brandy (Laird's is American)
Juice from 1/8 lemon
.5 ounces super simple syrup
2 dashes cinnamon
Combine in a shaker with ice, shake with Will's swagger, and strain into a chilled glass. Apple slice garnish optional.
Apple brandy also plays a prominent role in cocktails such as Antoine's Smile and the Corpse Reviver #1. It is similar to applejack, but they're not the same. I mention this because Laird's, which I used in the American Apple, makes both kinds of spirits (it's all about comparing apples to apples). The American Apple will taste a little different depending on whether you use bourbon or rye. Bourbon is a liquid example of American exceptionalism, and rye is a liquid example of an American comeback kid. You win either way.
So how about them American apples?