Temperatures are dropping, fall is in full swing (depending who you ask), and the holidays are quickly approaching. Nothing says fall and Thanksgiving to me like apples. Apple pie, caramel apples, and of course apple cider. So it makes total sense to create a caramel apple inspired cocktail recipe, right? Definitely a comfort cocktail, and it also lends itself to being made in large batches, which is perfect for holiday entertaining!
This first part of the recipe is optional, but it definitely adds more depth to the flavor of the cocktail. Make your own pumpkin pie spices at home using the following:
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg (or to taste)
Combine all the spices and store in an airtight container or baggie until ready for use. Steep two teaspoons of the spice combination per one quart of Louisburg Apple Cider (or you are welcome to try another brand), for about 8 hours for the full depth flavor. if this sounds like a long time, just throw it in the crock pot and let your house fill up with delicous smells. Don't forget to stir occasionally. After 8 hours strain out the spices with a metal sieve lined with cheese cloth. When you're ready to serve bring the cider to a simmer, you want it nice and hot.
**Alternatively if you want to take the shorter route you can bring your cider and spices directly to a simmer for 5 minutes. Then strain as indicated above.
Serve your cocktail in a mug with an apple slice garnish, or cinnamon stick for stirring. Here's the rest of the ingredients you'll need to combine (this is per cocktail):
4-5 oz of the spiced cider
1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
1 oz Brandy
Optionally you can add a dollop of whip cream on top, and sprinkle some of your spices as a final touch.
Serve and enjoy! Now you have a delicious, warm cocktail to help you celebrate the holiday season with friends. Cheers to holiday traditions!
xo - Emily