This Apple Pie Cocktail is filled with all of your favorite fall flavors. Apple cider, cinnamon whiskey, and vanilla vodka make this cocktail a must-try for fall.
Apple Pie is a classic comfort food dessert. You may have 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 the flavors in this apple pie cocktail.
All you need are three ingredients and less than 5 minutes to whip up this delicious fall cocktail. It tastes so good, you forget it's a cocktail - you've been warned!
Serve this apple pie cocktail for the adults at your next family gathering, like Thanksgiving, Halloween, or Christmas. Looking for a kid friendly version? Try my fall party punch, made with apple cider, or slow cooker mulled apple cider - both are perfect for a crowd.
What is apple cider?
If you don't reside in the US, you may not be familiar with apple cider. Apple cider is an unsweetened, unfiltered juice made from apples - essentially an unfiltered apple juice.
It's not carbonated and not alcoholic. Apple cider is made with apples - that's it!
Apple cider substitute
Sometimes, apple cider is only available seasonally during the fall and winter months. If you can't find apple cider at your local grocer, apple juice makes a great substitute. I recommend using a brand that's 100% juice, instead of one with added sugars.
So how are apple cider and apple juice different? Apple juice is filtered and goes through extra processing. This leaves you with a cleaner, more crisp taste, and a less 'foggy' appearance.
How to add a sugar rim to your cocktail glass
One detail I wouldn't skip - the sugar rim. I used turbinado sugar, which matches the lovely golden color of the cider. The sugar rim gives your drink a finished look that is sure to impress.
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 - but your sugar may not stick as well.
Optional drink garnishes
Want to add a little extra to your cocktail glass? Try one of these optional, eye-catching garnishes:
- apple slice
- cinnamon stick
- orange slice
- candied ginger
- maraschino cherry
- a small amount of grated cinnamon or nutmeg
Apple Pie Cocktail
- 5 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.