Fork Restaurant in Cornelius has a new fall cocktail that pairs perfectly with the cool air. The Spiced Apple Cider Old Fashioned uses a local whiskey, along with flavors of apple, cinnamon, orange, brown sugar and cardamom.

1.50 oz. Defiant whiskey (from North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Distillery)
1.50 oz. local apple cider
0.25 oz. cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup
3 dashes cardamom bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters

Add a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice (optional) and mix all ingredients together. Shake and strain into glass over ice. Garnish with orange peel and cinnamon stick.

Photo credit: M-Squared Public Relations
Recipe by: Melanie Groody, co-owner and general manager of Fork