Hello Lovely,

After last night’s Christmas play, I am MORE than happy to sip on a glass of this! Somehow, I ended up re-writing the school’s Christmas play and overseeing all of the practises, stage set up and flow of the overall Christmas play. I guess this made me director, but I was very hesitant to step into this role. It’s a big responsibility and if anything went wrong, I did not want to have to take the blame. Needless to say, child actors are very stressful and telling adults where to go and when is even more stressful.

So I’ve started indulging in festive spirits since last Thursday because I’m really excited about school closing this Friday. It has been a busy semester to say the least, but I am really happy about where I’m at with this school and I hope to keep growing as a counsellor. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my directorial debut and the end of a really interesting semester!



The recipe is written in ‘parts’ to make for easy batching (aka large quantities), because the holidays are right around the corner.  Holidays close by means lots of family time, which translates to, “where the cocktails at?”

You’re welcome.

If preparing a single drink, ‘smash’ three slices of sweet style apple. To ‘smash’ the ingredients really well, add an ice cube while you’re muddling.  This will help to mash the ingredients in the shaker versus just bruising them and will bring out more flavour.

If preparing a batch, just multiply the ‘parts’ by however many drinks you want.  A whole apple will cover you for up to 4 drinks.   Then just prepare as you would for one drink and strain into a pitcher.  

While you’re preparing your turkey or dreading your relatives asking you yet another year if you’re going to settle down and start a family, at least you can toast the holidays with your family favourites and these Apple Cinnamon Whiskey Smashes.



  • 2 parts whiskey

  • 1 part cinnamon simple syrup

  • 1 part apple cider

  • splash lemon juice

  • 3 slices of apple

  • 6 mint leaves


  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. In a shaker, smash together apple slices and mint with a muddler. (Adding a cube of ice will help break apart ingredients.)

  2. Add your Whiskey, cinnamon simple syrup, cider and lemon to shaker.  Fill the shaker 3/4 of the way with ice.

  3. Shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds.  Strain into a high ball glass with crushed ice.

  4. Garnish with cinnamon stick and mint leaf.

If you make this drink please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favourite!