Now that we’re fully in the Thanksgiving swing of things, a drink called the Hot Apple Pie only seems appropriate. It’s very sweet because it, quite literally, tastes like you’re drinking an apple pie. It is made with Everclear (aka “grain alcohol”) which is something like 95% alcohol/190 proof. So, drink gently…
Bring the following to a boil in a BIG pot on the stove:
- 1 gallon apple juice
- 1/2 gallon apple cidar
- none up to a couple of cups of white sugar (I like 1-2 cups personally)
- a handful of cinnamon sticks (up to about 6)
- someone told me to add brown sugar, so I’m trying that this time
After it boils, let it simmer for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
Scoop out the cinnamon sticks. Note, they break up and will leave crud floating in your drink. Your level of care is your own to choose – unfortunately my wife’s level of care is bothersome and I end up filtering the whole thing later to remove as much as possible.
While still hot, add about 3/4 of a bottle of everclear/grain alcohol.
Cool as quickly and as safely possible. (we’ve literally put the pot into snow outside or just set it out on the grill until it cools naturally)
Consume. The longer it lasts (weeks), the sweeter it gets and the less hints of alcohol in it.
For serving – I prefer it over ice and to be as cold as possible. Some people claim they serve it warm, though I’ve never had it that way.
I swear to you, while you drink it – it tastes JUST like eating a pie. To that end, be careful – it’s VERY easy to over indulge.