This version of Apple Pie Liqueur is simple to make, but the flavors in the finished product are anything but simple. It's delicious by itself, but it is also a delightful base for some very creative cocktails. Try adding it to bourbon on the rocks, for an "American Pie", or shake it with ice & vodka for an "Apple Pie Martini". Or how about combining an after dinner drink & dessert in one frosty glass by blending some Apple Pie Liqueur with vanilla ice cream?
Makes about 9 or 10 pints
- 1 gallon apple cider or apple juice
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 pint Everclear or grain alcohol
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cardamom pods (optional)
- 6 allspice berries (optional)
- ~1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
1.) Heat apple cider / apple juice in a large pot. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Immediately remove the pot from the heat as soon as the sugar is dissolved.
2.) Let cool to room temperature and then add a pint of Everclear. Do NOT add the alcohol to a hot mixture or it might cause the alcohol to evaporate. Add spices. Think about adding all of the spices listed, but you can definitely just use cinnamon sticks if that's all you have on hand.
3.) Let sit in the refrigerator overnight. Or even two days, if you want. Then, using a mesh strainer AND a funnel, ladle or pour the mixture into decorative jars and/or bottles.
4.) Store in refrigerator for up to one year.
*Quick to make, and quick & easy to drink. Be careful!