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Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of bottled in bond American apple brandy now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has recommendations for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference.

Black Dirt Bottled in Bond Apple Jack Apple Brandy has both soft notes of apple and baking spice as well as the strong backbone of a bonded apple brandy—a combination that works harmoniously in your fall cocktail creations,” says Haley Traub. But in addition to a perfect canvas for mixing, brandies can help digestion, so they are perfect on their own after a meal. 

Leah Moss’s recommendation is a classic: Laird’s Bottled in Bond Straight Apple Brandy. “Hailing from New Jersey, this woman-run distillery is one of the oldest in the country. Laird’s spends four years in barrel and is bottled at 100 proof. This produces a full-bodied brandy with notes of spice.” The high proof of the spirit provides a nice warm backbone to cocktails.

Copper & Kings Floodwall Apple Brandy is one of my favorite apple distillates to use in cocktails. Clocking in at 100 proof, it's aged for a minimum of four years, and unlike other apple distillates I've found, is finished in a mix of bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry casks, which gives it a nuanced, ‘Scotch-like’ note with flowers and honey backed up by a fresh and lively aroma of apples,” says Jason Kilgore.

If you prefer to order your bonded apple brandy online rather than pick up locally, look no further than the Shaker & Spoon Collection on Curiada. Black Dirt Bottled in Bond Apple Jack Apple Brandy and Laird’s Bottled in Bond Straight Apple Brandy are both available, and free shipping is available for a limited time on the Black Dirt (plus anything else you add to your cart along with it)!

Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 24 oz of American apple brandy; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet. 

Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/4, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, and 2 oz, as well as a strainer, fine strainer, citrus reamer or juicer, bar spoon, mixing glass, and shaker.  These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.

Recommended glassware: A coupe glass, a rocks glass, and a collins glass.

Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 5 pounds of ice (5 ice trays’ worth).

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