The Alchemist Cocktail is an ode to Autumn in a glass

Southern Kitchen
The Alchemist Cocktail

About the recipe

During fall, we often crave spiced cocktails. If you read that and thought “pumpkin spice,” we understand. It seems to be ubiquitous. But apples are also a huge part of Autumn, and they're central to the recipe created by restaurateur and former Southern Kitchen cocktail columnist Jerry Slater. The Alchemist is perfect to sip on crisp autumn evenings.

Serves: 1

Hands on Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


2 ounces blended Scotch whisky

1 tablespoon apple butter

1/2 ounce oloroso sherry

1/4 ounce allspice dram

Ice cubes


Combine the whisky, apple butter, sherry and allspice dram in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled.

Double-strain the cocktail by holding a small, conical fine mesh strainer between the shaker tin with a Hawthorne strainer (or a cobbler shaker with its built-in strainer) and the cocktail glass. Pour the cocktail through both strainers into the glass, using a bar spoon to swirl the ingredients inside the conical strainer if they are slow to strain. Serve immediately.