The days are getting colder, perhaps it’s time to grab something that will warm your bones. If that’s what you’ve been thinking, then let me introduce you to the Hot Apple Pie Shot. This drink will remind you of the homemade pie your grandmother used to make, while delivering a powerful kick of Everclear. This drink is different from many others; the preparation goes on in the kitchen instead of behind the bar.
Hot Apple Pie
- ½ gallon apple juice
- ½ gallon apple cider
- 750 ml Everclear
- One package cinnamon sticks
Begin by pouring the apple cider and apple juice into a large pot. Bring this to a slow boil, along with the cinnamon sticks. Turn the heat down, and let this mixture evaporate for at least an hour. About half of the liquid should dissipate. Let the apple cider mixture cool for a while, and when the liquid is cool enough to drink, add Everclear to taste. You can go fairly heavy on the alcohol, because the spiced apple will cover it up. You can vary the amount of Everclear you add, but wait until the end to see how much apple mixture you have left.
A half-gallon of apple juice is the same as 64 fluid ounces, and you can pick up a package of cinnamon sticks for less than a dollar in the Hispanic section of your grocery store.
The Hot Apple Pie Shot takes a bit longer to prepare than your typical cocktail: to boil down the apple mixture, if you count the cool down time. I can attest that every moment is worth it in the end. The Hot Apple Pie Shot tastes just like a homemade apple pie fresh from the oven. You can barely taste the Everclear over the condensed mulled apple cider, but believe me, it’s in there. The alcohol will sneak up on you and before you know it, you’re wasted.