As some of you know, I’m marrying a talented and experienced bartender. She not only prepares an excellent martini, her mixology has led to some interesting new (or modified) cocktails. But there is one drink that is special to the both of us, as we sipped it together that first weekend we met and talked almost until sunrise. It’s something that I’ve been playing around with for years: Quaffable Pie.
Apple Pie Moonshine is something I’ve enjoyed every year at Dragon*Con, and eventually I decided I must learn to prepare my own variation this perfect fall/winter beverage myself. It takes like it sounds … the essence of apple pie that tickles your lips and warms your belly. I highly recommend it!
Nonreactive Pot (stainless steel)
Pitcher or Jug (for storage of your proud creation)
Grain Alcohol (190 Proof) , 18 oz. (or good moonshine if you can get it!)
Apple Juice, 1/2 gallon (unfiltered for the best flavor)
Apple Cider, 1/2 gallon (don’t be cheap, get the good stuff)
Granulated Sugar, 1/2 cup
Light Brown Sugar, 1 cup
Cinnamon Sticks, 2 or 3
Allspice Berries, 2-4
Cloves, 1 or 2 (whole, we don’t do powder in this recipe)
Note the First: This is a half-batch suitable for enjoyment at home. To make more, simply double everything and follow the procedure!
Note the Second: I make my version of this beverage slightly less sweet than other recipes. If you want more sweetness, push up both types of sugar by 1/4 cup each — but I say try it my way first!
Mix the sugars, juice, and cider thoroughly in the pot and add the spices. Bring to a boil, stirring to make sure the sugar is dissolved. Cool until room temperature (because the heat will boil the alcohol away if you add it now), and once ready strain out the solids and add the grain alcohol. Store in a pitcher or jug in the fridge with one of the cinnamon sticks. It can be enjoyed warm or chilled!
Ala Mode Variant
Reduce the grain alcohol by 2 ounces and add an equal portion of vanilla-infused vodka!
For the Kids
As you might imagine, the non-alcoholic base of this recipe is highly delicious and can be enjoyed like a sweet apple cider. You can always make a double-batch of the base and add alcohol to the “grownups only” pitcher. Enjoy your pie!