Autumn Smash

Matthew Kelly / Supercall
Matthew Kelly / Supercall

While vodka-diehards will never give up their beloved neutral spirit, no matter the season, others leave it behind for heartier spirits like whiskey and rum when the leaves start to change. But this cocktail from NYC’s Mother’s Ruin proves that good ol’ vodka can get seasonal with the best of them. Made with maple syrup, fresh apple juice, muddled fig, fragrant Thai basil and, of course, a potent slug of vodka, it’s like a bright and crisp fall day in a glass. Even loyal whiskey drinkers will be convinced.

Autumn Smash

Sweet, Sour


  • 2 oz vodka
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice
  • .75 oz Maple Syrup
  • 1.5 oz Apple Juice
  • 1 Fig
  • 3 basil
  • Garnish
  • Ginger Beer


Step one

In a shaker, muddle the fig and basil.

Step two

Add juices, maple syrup, vodka and ice, and shake.

Step three

Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with a sprig of basil and half a fig.

Contributed by Aisha Sharpe