Drink Up: Once Bitten

The table is set… Decadent sides. Deep fried turkeys. Indulgent desserts. We need some libations!

This drink was originally conceived for Refinery 29 and an article they were doing on Halloween cocktails in DC bars. Big thanks to Anna Mathias for allowing me to feature her photo of the drink, and Giselle Childs for her awesome article.

From the nose of this delicious drink you’re expecting a warm cocktail, reminiscent of apple cider.  A bitter, spiciness of cinnamon hits first, followed by the dry crisp apple flavor of Calvados, all rounded out by fresh lemon and apple juice. A baked cinnamon apple chip dances around the glass as you sip.  Now that’s what I call holiday magic 🙂

Infusing vodka could not be easier – vodka and whatever you want it to taste like, some time and a cool dark place, and you’re set.  I used Titos for the vodka and doubled the batch.  More cinnamon sticks were broken up and put in for a punchier cinnamon taste.

The recipe for apple chips will leave you with tons leftover. Yummy, semi-healthy snacks for days y’all.

Once Bitten
1  ounce cinnamon infused vodka

1 1/2 ounces good quality Calvados

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed apple juice

Dash of cinnamon

Cinnamon apple chip, garnish


Combine first six  ingredients in a shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously.  Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with apple chip.

Cinnamon Infused Vodka

1 cup vodka

1 large cinnamon stick, broken into pieces


In a clean, glass jar combine vodka and cinnamon stick, seal well.  Store in cool dark place for 1 -10 days, depending on desired level of bitterness.

Cinnamon Apple Chips

1 small Macintosh apple

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 teaspoons sugar


Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar.  Dip each apple slice in cinnamon/sugar mixture, turning and coating well.  Place each slice on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake for 2 hours, turning after 1 hour.  Turn off oven and allow chips to crisp in hot oven.

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