Matthew Kelly / Supercall

Vodka • Sweet
Autumn Smash

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.

The Essentials

Maple Syrup
Apple Juice
The Details
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2 oz VDKA 6100
.5 oz fresh Lemon Juice
.75 oz Maple Syrup
1.5 oz Fuji Apple Juice
1 Fig
3 Thai basil leaves
Thai basil sprig and half a fig, for garnish
Ginger Beer, to top


  • In a shaker, muddle the fig and basil.
  • Add juices, maple syrup, vodka and ice, and shake.
  • Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with a sprig of basil and half a fig.