The Log Cabin Cocktail

This amazing maple flavoured, sparkling cider drink will soon become your new favorite cocktail!

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The Log Cabin Cocktail in a retro shot glass on a wood background
The Log Cabin Cocktail

I thought a cocktail was far more fitting than champagne this Monday morning, seeing how I’m celebrating the fact that I have all of my cookbook photos in to my publisher. By all of my photos, I mean a good 99% of them as I am learning the fluidity and malleability of the cookbook process. Photos can be pulled and replaced at a later time if I need to update them before the printing process if I decide to change something or am not happy with what is there. The cookbook timeline needed a hard stop for a date, but I am lucky enough that the creative process with my amazing cohorts in cookbook crime (AKA Robert and Lindsay from appetite: Random House) has been nothing short of amazing and inspiring. I have design mock-ups that literally make me tear up as the design team absolutely nailed what I was looking for. This cookbook is going to be so beautiful, so gorgeously photo-laden and visually interesting that I am wired with anticipation.

That said, taking on the photography yourself is a crazy endeavor plus a massive amount of work, and I am glad that most of it is behind me. Oh I know that I still have photos that will need to be redone or replaced, but that’s ok.

It’s still time to celebrate with a drink! I’ll share with you my Halloween cocktail that I made this past Saturday for all of my guests, to rave reviews.

The triple trouble that you need to make this cocktail are your favorite apple cider, an apply brandy or whiskey and Sortilege.

apple cider, apply brandy and Sortilege for Log Cabin Cocktail making

While you can definitely play around with apple brandy or whiskey, you simply cannot replace the Sortilege with a maple whiskey. There is never enough maple flavor and the Sortilege is smoother than any whiskey will ever be.

I was also very excited to bring out my newest set of retro barware. I have three full sets (not counting any prop glasses that I also own) of in-the-original-holder mid-century modern glasses.

This one that I scored for $20 is my absolute favorite.I’ve never seen a holder that has the individual arms holding each glass. It’s so atomic/space-age awesome. I was told that it’s by Federal Glass, but since there aren’t any markings I couldn’t verify this for certain.

a set of retro shot glasses arranged in its holder over a wood board

My favorite shot glass, however, is by Hazel Atlas in their pheasant and hunter pattern. I’ve managed to thrift four glasses so far and when I get up to eight I’ll be able to pull them out at parties as well.

shot glass with pheasant and hunter pattern and a set of retro shot glasses on background

The Log Cabin cocktail is a deliciously sweet and strong concoction that truly embodies everything Canadian. Whiskey. Apples. Maple syrup. Ice. The only incongruent ingredient would be the splash of lemon juice at the end. While I do have it listed as an option, only one person at my soiree preferred their Log Cabin without that dollop of acidity. It perfectly cuts the sweetness and balances out each and every sip.

As much as I love winter, I don’t love many hot cocktails, excepting boozy hot chocolate. I still like a cold, icy cocktail during the winter months and the Log Cabin cocktail perfectly combines the flavors of the season, just like an apple cider cocktail should.

a glass of Log Cabin Cocktail with a bottle of Sortilege and apple cider on background

So let’s raise our glasses to me finishing my cookbook photos, to a fabulous November and to great Canadian cocktails!

Love you more than cocktails,



This amazing maple flavoured, sparkling cider drink will soon become your new favorite cocktail! @apple #cider #brandy

How to Make a Log Cabin Cocktail

This amazing maple flavoured, sparkling cider drink will soon become your new favorite cocktail!
5 from 4 votes
The Log Cabin Cocktail in a retro shot glass on a wood background
Prep Time
1 minute
Total Time
1 minute
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 ounces maple liqueur
  • 1 ounce apple brandy OR apple whiskey if wanted
  • 1/4 ounce to 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce sparkling apple cider
  • ice


  • Combine the liqueur, brandy/whiskey and 1/4 ounce of the lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until the shaker is cold to the touch.
  • Taste and add more lemon juice as needed.Pour everything, including the ice, into an 8-ounce rocks glass.T
  • op with the sparkling cider, and gently stir to combine the cocktail. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 288kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Sodium: 1mg, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin C: 2.7mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Ann Mullen says

    Any tips on where to get Sortilege here in the States (or shipped online)? I’ve had zero luck finding it.

    • Ann Mullen says

      Still on the hunt for Sortilege. Looks like no one in the States ships it anymore. I found it in Australia but shipping was nearly $60. per order, which is a bit high for me to try out this recipe. I’m still dying to try it if anyone can point me in a direction of a US supplier. Thanks!

  2. Colleen Dix says

    I recall that those roly poly glasses are called Harlequin. \U0001f913\U0001f44c\U0001f389

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Ooh! I do know that they are Federal Glass. Best $20 I’ve ever spent, I’ve never found another holder like it!

    • Colleen Dix says

      I sold everything I had in that pattern to Natalie’s mom Ronit. She has my entire stash! I loved it but I love so many patterns. It’s a gooder!

    • Natalie Mitchell says

      Colleen Dix she still loves those! Ronit Ofir Elhanati

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Natalie Mitchell They are my favourite roly poly’s. So much that I won’t use them other than photos hahah!

  3. Ross Bellwood says

    Mmmm, I’ve never tried Maple Whiskey. Can you send me a sample? \U0001f60b

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Try that big wine store of yours, Total Wine! They had the liqueur!

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      It’s one of my favourites! The set and the caddy ( holder) are amazing!

  4. Ashley Meek says

    I so want to be a guest at your cocktail parties!

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      I have house bar plans to do this winter…we’ll see if I have time to get it done!

  5. Ashley Meek says

    I so want to be a guest at your cocktail parties!

  6. Erika Boyer says

    love the look of this! Have the cider and Sortilege … is the crown royal apple sweet or no? Been wanting to try it since I saw it!

  7. The Kitchen Magpie says

    A few well selected hard alcohols can yield some pretty amazing drinks on the fly! And if you always have bottled lemon and lime juice? Always something to whip up! It’s the fresh fruit that’s hard to always have on hand.

  8. Tanya Frewin says

    I think I need to invest in a more diverse liquor cabinet. All your drinks look amazing!

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