Original Recipe No. 96 —

The Trouble I’ve Been Looking For

After a long day of work this stirred cocktail is precisely the trouble I’ve been looking for. This fall I’ve been reaching for the apple brandy more than usual. It’s a break from my favorite spirit, bourbon, without veering too far off the whiskey trail. Most recently, Laird’s 7 1/2 year has been my apple brandy of choice for cocktails. If you have the clams Clear Creek apple brandy will also turn this cocktail out.


  • 2 oz Apple Brandy
  • ¾ oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • ½ oz Cynar
  • ¼ Sloe Gin
  • Garnish with a Cherry

Place all ingredients in a mixing glass except the garnish. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry, a fresh apple slice or even a dehydrated apple slice.

4 Notes on The Trouble I’ve Been Looking For

  1. I was wondering if you had by any chance found a US source for sloes? I wanted to make my own sloe gin but could only find dried ones from the UK.

    I love your site — the recipes & articles are wonderful & the formatting is lovely too.


    • Erin,
      I’ve yet to find a US source to buy the actual berries. If you do find a source let me know. Sloe Gin would be a great liqueur to make. Bitter Truth also makes a commercial Sloe Gin.

      • You can probably source beach plumbs within the US. Greenhook gin company actually produce a gin based on that, as a sloe gin substitute… Good luck!!

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