Recipe courtesy of John Green

The A.J.

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 drink
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1 1/2 ounces vodka

1 ounce applesauce 

1/2 ounce cinnamon-flavored whiskey, such as Fireball

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice 

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup, recipe follows

Ginger peel, for garnish

Ground cinnamon, for dusting 

Simple Syrup:

1 cup sugar

1 cup water


  1. Fill a pint glass with ice. Add the vodka, applesauce, whiskey, lime juice and Simple Syrup. Cover the glass with a shaker tin and shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Dust the ginger peel with cinnamon and use to garnish the drink.

Simple Syrup:

  1. Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. (Alternatively, heat in the microwave.) Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.