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Bonita Applebum

Ryan Montgomery and Tad Hilton, Montgomery Distillery

This Bonita Applebum captures the crisp and cozy perfection of fall in the Five Valleys. Head bartender Tad Hilton obtains our cider from Swanson’s Mountain View Orchards in Corvallis, then reduces it to a luxurious syrup. Combined with the botanicals in our Whyte Laydie gin, cardamom bitters and citrus, this cool cocktail reminds us of standing around the cider press in big sweaters. The crisp apple garnish floats drowsily under a dusting of cinnamon like an autumn sunset. Bonita Applebum—you gotta put me on!

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  • Cathrine L. Walters


1.5 ounces gin

1 ounce apple cider syrup (½ gallon Swansons cider reduced down over medium heat to 2 cups)

.75 ounce Curaçao

.75 ounce lemon juice 

4 drops cardamom bitters 


Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice. Strain into chilled coupe glass and garnish with a cinnamon-dusted apple slice.

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