Apple cider gets kicked up a notch with a splash of cinnamon and vanilla liquor. My Apple Pie Cocktail will have you ready for fall – it tastes like apple pie in a glass.
Apple Pie is a classic dessert. Most everyone has a fond memory of sharing apple pie over the holidays with family and friends. If you’re a fan of apple pie, you will love my apple pie cocktail. All you need are three ingredients (four including the sugar rim) and less than 5 minutes to whip up this tasty fall cocktail.
It’s apple harvest season, which means you’ll be seeing apple cider on the shelf of your local grocery stores. You may even find it at your local farmer’s market. If you’re looking for a way to spice up your cider, this apple pie cocktail can’t be easier. I’m telling you, this drink is dangerous! It tastes so good, you forget it’s a cocktail. You’ve been warned.
If you don’t have apple cider available to you, you can substitute with regular apple juice instead. Did you know that both apple cider and apple juice are simply made with apples? The only difference is that apple juice is filtered and goes through more processing. This leaves you with a cleaner, more crisp taste. To me, apple cider is like a ‘homestyle’ version of apple juice, if you will.
One detail I wouldn’t skip – the sugar rim. I used turbinado sugar, which matches the lovely golden color of the cider. To rim a glass, you’ll want to wet the rim with something sticky. For this cocktail, you could use a lemon wedge, apple wedge, simple syrup, honey, or even a bit of apple cider. In a pinch, water will work okay. The sugar rim gives your drink a finished look that is sure to impress.
Apple Pie Cocktail
- 6 ounces apple cider
- 1.5 ounces fireball whisky
- 1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
- turbinado sugar
- If you'd like a sugar rimmed glass: Pour a thin layer of turbinado sugar into a shallow bowl. Run a lemon or apple wedge to around the rim of your glass (or use a bit of apple cider) and dip into sugar to coat. Set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine apple cider, fireball, and vodka. Shake to combine.
- Pour over ice and serve immediately.