Applejack Cobbler

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For the Fresh Cranberry Sauce:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh cranberries

For the Cocktail:

  • 1 cup Fresh Cranberry Sauce
  • 3 1/2 ounces orange juice (not fresh squeezed, commercial juice will have more consistent flavor, and more sugar)
  • 2 1/2 ounces pomegranate molasses
  • 11 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 cups Laird's Applejack
  • 1/2 cup Punt e Mes
  • 1/2 cup Schonauer Apfel Apple Schnapps


  1. Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Add cranberries, return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Allow the sauce to cool 15 minutes before using. Leftover cranberry sauce can be refrigerated up to 1 week.
  2. Measure cranberry sauce, orange juice, pomegranate molasses, and bitters into a quart-sized pitcher. Add applejack, Punt e Mes, and apple schnapps. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to four hours.
  3. To serve, pour 1 cup of cocktail mixture into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake for 15 seconds, then strain evenly into two cocktail glasses. Repeat as needed.


  • 8 cups - Lairds Applejack (NOT Bonded)
  • 2 cups - Punt e Mes
  • 2 Cups – Schonauer preferred (or Berentzens) Apple Schnapps
  • 4 Cups – Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce (4 cups / = 2 BAGS see below recipe)
  • 2 Tablespoons (which equals 1 tablespoon per each bag of Cranberry) BRAGG’S Apple Cider Vinegar – ACV- (this ingredient is a new addition)
  • 14 oz - Florida Natural or Tropicana Orange juice (DO NOT use fresh-squeezed OJ, it doesn’t have enough sugar, and is inconsistent in flavor).

8 24 Dashes of Angostura bitters

  • 1 -bottle (14 ounce) Al Wadi Pomegranate Molasses
  • 1 - 16 oz Bottle Fiji water (for dilution)

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

(This is the same recipe that is on the back of the bag of cranberries)

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 12-oz. Bag Ocean Spray Cranberries
  • 1 Tablespoon Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar per each bag of cranberry


  • Follow cooking directions on cranberry package, use a potato masher on cranberries while they are cooking, but do make sure cranberries are cooked through.
  • After cranberries are ready, add apple cider vinegar, and stir well to incorporate.
  • Then immediately add Applejack, Punt e Mes & Apple Schnapps, and zap with stick blender to emulsify cranberry pulp. (We pulse with a stick blender at this point because we need to add alcohol to the cranberry sauce in order to prevent it from gelling—but- we don’t want to add too much liquid (which increases the difficulty of capturing the cranberry pulp under the blades).
  • Once the liquid is emulsified, now add the OJ, pomegranate molasses, angostura bitters, and ¼ teaspoon (not quarter ounce) of saline solution. Whisk well to blend.
  • Add water to batch, and bottle. Fill each bottle only 3/4 to the top. This will provide headspace in bottle so that it has room to be shaken.
  • Garnish with Cape Gooseberry


Audrey Saunders, 2004 Bemelmans Bar

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