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Apple Mac – A Christmas Cocktail to Warm the Bleak Midwinter

Apple Mac - A Warming Winter Cocktail

Christmas, Drinks, Sponsored Post, Vegan | 17th December 2017 | By

If you like a cheeky cocktail or two, this Apple Mac is a good one for warming the bleak midwinter. It’s a twist on the classic Whisky Mac. The water of life combines with the fruit of the tree of knowledge and is spiced up with some warming ginger. It makes for a perfect winter cocktail.

For our sins, we’re an Apple Mac household, but be not afeared, this post is not about the IT giant and its associated paraphernalia. No, this is all about festive fun and a Christmas cocktail that will warm the cockles of your heart. It should please most people prepared to imbibe over the season of merriness and good cheer. Begone bleak midwinter blues.

Christmas Festivities

I’d really like to host a Christmas party where my Apple Mac can feature, but we’re still so newly arrived, we don’t really know anyone to invite. We could, of course, blow caution to the winds and invite the neighbours. However, the house remains in a state of disorder, with a goodly proportion of our worldly possessions still in Cornwall. Next year.

Birch Branch Christmas Tree

Despite the chaos, I’ve managed to put up a Christmas “tree”. It’s actually a birch branch cut from the garden, which has been my preferred form of tree for many years now. We unearthed the Christmas decorations and there is now one corner of our house which just about passes muster on the festive and jolly stakes.

Apple Mac

My Apple Mac is a twist on the classic Whisky Mac. The water of life combined with the fruit of the tree of knowledge spiced up with some warming ginger makes for a perfect Christmas cocktail. It’s simple to knock up for a festive crowd and with its easy-going nature, it’s just what’s needed as a pre-dinner drink on the big day itself. Children apart, it’s an inclusive recipe as the ingredients are all vegan.

Apple Mac - A Warming Winter Cocktail

Apples are a very British fruit and have been particularly abundant this year. Use a good pressed variety such as cox or russet and make sure your apple slices are of a similar quality. The whisky ginger soaked slice of apple is like the icing on the cake, a delightful sweet and spicy treat. Don’t waste it. The Apple Mac is also good served over ice. Just multiply the recipe as required.

Christmas Cocktail Generator

If this Apple Mac isn’t for you, why not try this Christmas cocktail generator to find your perfect Christmas tipple. Recipes have been developed by twelve food bloggers and mixologists, including me. With or without alcohol and whether you prefer vegan, creamy, sweet or sour you’re bound to find something to suit.

Apple Mac - A Warming Winter Cocktail

Apple Mac – The Recipe

Apple Mac - A Warming Winter Cocktail
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Apple Mac

A twist on the classic Whisky Mac. The water of life combined with the fruit of the tree of knowledge spiced up with some warming ginger makes for a perfect winter cocktail.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Christmas, cocktail, ginger, whisky
Servings: 1 glass


  • 45 ml Scotch whisky
  • 55 ml pressed apple juice
  • 20 ml Stone’s ginger wine
  • Ice cubes
  • Slice of apple cut crossways


  • Combine all ingredients, except for the apple slice and give a good shake. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, use a glass jar with a well fitting lid instead.
  • Strain into a martini or bowl shaped glass.
  • Float the apple slice on top, and you're good to go!


Multiply the recipe as required.


I’m sharing my Apple Mac cocktail with Highjacked by Twins for #CookBlogShare.

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If you’d like to see more, there’s plenty of Christmas recipe inspiration where this one came from. For even more ideas, you can also take a look at my Vegetarian Christmas board on Pinterest.

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  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    17th December 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Sounds and looks really great and perfect for cold winter days!

    • Choclette

      17th December 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks Angie. It’s very much a cold winter day here and I could really do with one of these – hot rather than cold though I think!

  2. Jennifer Bliss

    17th December 2017 at 5:17 pm

    great decor and festive drink to boot!

    • Choclette

      17th December 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks Jennifer. The drink is actually rather too moreish 😉

  3. Kavita Favelle | Kavey Eats

    18th December 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I think your birch branch tree is gorgeous! Would love to come and drink an Apple Mac with you, here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas in your new home!

    • Choclette

      18th December 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Aw thanks Kavey. I’ve only shown a bit of it, but I’m really pleased. It’s the first time we’ve managed any decorations in far too long.

  4. Elise Ho

    18th December 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I have not ever heard of the drink you modified into this one but this does sound interesting. Is ginger wine the same as Ginger Beer?

    • Choclette

      18th December 2017 at 7:23 pm

      No ginger wine is very different to ginger beer. Stones ginger wine is the classic and can be found just about anywhere that sells alcohol.

  5. michelle twin mum

    18th December 2017 at 9:58 pm

    The apple mac sounds really good and we have an orchard here, so an abundance of apples to make it from! Mich x

    • Choclette

      20th December 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Ooh lucky you. I’d love an orchard. Home pressed apples have to be the best.

  6. Sharon

    18th December 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Hey Choclette. Hope you’re settling in well into your new home ❤️ I think your Apple Mac would be a lovely way to break the ice with the neighbours. You should definitely invite them over!

    • Choclette

      20th December 2017 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks Sharon. We’re getting there. I think you’re right. We just need to be around to do it. Maybe New Year.

  7. Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    18th December 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Sounds like a very warming and delicious cocktail. I love your presentation too!

    • Choclette

      20th December 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks Alida. You can’t have enough festive red around Christmas.

  8. Claudia

    19th December 2017 at 8:25 am

    I love the sound of apple and Whisky ;-). Thanks for sharing
    Sending best regards to lovely Cornwall

    • Choclette

      20th December 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks Claudia. I shall pass on your best wishes to Cornwall, when we get there tomorrow 😀

  9. Jacqueline Meldrum

    19th December 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Oh yes please Choclette. I know it is ratehr early, but I have just finished work and one of these would go down rather nicely! Hic!

    • Choclette

      20th December 2017 at 4:50 pm

      I think a drink after work is definitely allowed, especially at this time of year 😀

  10. Sean Mahan

    19th December 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Wow, this apple cocktail looks so delicious!! I can’t wait to try it myself. Thanks!

    • Choclette

      20th December 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Hope you like it Sean. Merry Christmas.

  11. Dannii

    19th December 2017 at 8:41 pm

    What a delicious festive treat. I could do with one of these after a stressful day haha

    • Choclette

      20th December 2017 at 4:48 pm

      It really shouldn’t be so stressful around Christmas, but it inevitably is. One of these is bound to help.

  12. Claire Jessiman

    20th December 2017 at 11:29 am

    Sounds deliciously warming but whatever you do, don’t spill your Apple Mac on yur Apple Mac!

    • Choclette

      20th December 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Haha, no indeed. The two Apple Macs need to be kept well apart.

  13. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    1st January 2018 at 6:45 pm

    I used to drink Whisky Mac quite often, but it is years since I had it…… Thanks for the nudge….. and loving the apple twist! x

    • Choclette

      2nd January 2018 at 8:45 am

      Gosh, you are hard core! I’m not sure I’ve ever had a straight Whisky Mac, but I could become very partial to these Apple Macs 😀


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