I first discovered variations of this Apple Pie Cocktail recipe about five years ago. I was scouring the internet for a fun new drink to serve for Christmas in July. When I happened across a drink called Apple Pie on the Rocks, I decided to give it a try. It ended up a total hit! Everyone was amazed that a cold drink could taste so similar to an apple pie. I’m still pleasantly surprised every time I make one too. Over the years I’ve made a few tweaks and this new recipe is a bit more to my taste. It’s a great drink for the colder months as the cinnamon flavour gives a warm cozy feeling.
The cocktail is pretty straightforward and it all centres around Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. If you’re not familiar with this little gem, it’s basically a strong punch of whisky flavoured with cinnamon. I think it tastes amazing, and it’s a great drink for shots, but I know a lot of people don’t like it much. The good thing about this Fireball cocktail is even if you’re not a fan of Fireball on its own, the apple juice takes the edge off and makes this quite a smooth drink indeed.
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Making the Apple Pie Cocktail
Most recipes seem to use equal parts of vanilla vodka and Fireball. I’ve found I prefer it to be more weighted towards the whisky flavour. Therefore my recipe uses more whisky and less vodka, but I also add a touch of vanilla. Feel free to adjust the ratios if you find it a little too strong for you. When selecting an apple juice for this cocktail, pick a cloudy or organic juice. This give the final drink a great colour and sweetness that can’t be achieved with the clear apple juices. Finally, don’t over-shake the cocktail shaker, otherwise the drink will become too foamy. About 10 seconds of gentle shaking is plenty to combine all the ingredients.
The Apple Pie Cocktail is best served chilled. My preferred glassware are these great Ice Liners tumblers which I picked up as a Kickstarter project back in 2015. It’s essentially a glass with a mould that sets the ice around the outside. The mould creates a cavity made entirely of ice that the drink can then be poured into. It works really well for this type of cocktail and keeps it chilled until the last sip. I’m not sure if they’re still making them but I did find them available on Amazon. I have also served this drink over ice spheres in the past and that works really well too. Failing that, it’s fine just serving it ‘on the rocks’.
I hope you enjoy this quirky drink as much as I do. If you’re keen to try more cocktails, check out my Mojito recipe too.
Apple Pie Cocktail
- 45 ml Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
- 15 ml vanilla vodka
- 120 ml cloudy apple juice
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 dash vanilla extract
- 1 cinnamon quill, to garnish
- Demerara sugar, to rim the glass
- Place some Demerara sugar on a plate. Moisten the rim of the tumbler glass with a little water. Gently place it into the sugar to coat the rim.
- Combine whisky, vodka, apple juice, ground cinnamon and vanilla in a cocktail shaker. Add half a dozen ice cubes and shake gently for 10 seconds.
- Strain into prepared serving glass and garnish with a cinnamon quill.
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