This drink is a lower-sugar version of the traditional apple pie, popular amongst Midwesterners. It is delicious served hot or cold.
A great bonus for those who like to entertain (make it while guests are there), the best part about this drink is the apple cider scent it fills your home with while the drink is simmering. This drink is great for fall or holiday parties, campfires, or football/sports games.
This apple pie alcoholic drink is dangerously strong so be careful. It’s made with a full bottle of high-proof alcohol, Everclear®, which is more than twice the strength of vodka (and the 190-proof version is illegal in 11 states). The alcohol, however, is hard to taste behind the warm, spice-filled appley sweetness.
This recipe is made with five simple ingredients: a gallon of apple juice, a gallon apple of cider, organic cane sugar, cinnamon sticks, and a bottle of grain alcohol.
What type if alcohol should be used? I recommend using 151-proof (or 190-proof if you’d like it REALLY strong and it’s legal in your state) Everclear.
All you need to make this recipe is a large pot. Since the recipe makes two gallons, a stockpot that holds at least 9 quarts is the minimum size needed. If you don’t want to send the money or don’t have this option at home, you have a few options:
- Divide the recipe proportionally among smaller pots.
- Make a half batch of the recipe.
- Use half the liquid in the recipe during the warming/heating process then mix with the additional apple cider and juice at the end.
How to Make an Apple Pie Drink
In a large stockpot, combine apple juice, apple cider, sugar and cinnamon sticks. Bring the mixture to a boil. Allow it to simmer until sugar is fully dissolved, about ½ hour, or up to 2 hours for extra cinnamon flavor!
Remove the pot from the heat and heat and allow the cider mixture to cool completely. Once it’s somewhat cooled, stir in the grain alcohol. Serve hot or over ice.
Yes, this recipe makes quite a lot — 2 gallons. Feel free to cut it in half or even a quarter.
It is delicious either way.
Apple cider is often seasonal; more likely available in the fall and is a fresh unfiltered (sometimes unpasteurized) apple juice. Apple juice is filtered (+ more transparent), pasteurized, slightly sweeter, and more shelf stable.
Yes, apple juice can be substituted for the cider in this. After the addition of cinnamon, sugar, and simmering, the end result in terms of taste will be pretty similar. The cider is recommended mostly in terms of appearance as the juice has less of a cloudy, more transparent look to it.
While this is a wellness blog, as I believe wellness requires balance, I do not consider this recipe healthy. The sugar, however, was cut in half which is pretty unnoticeable due to the overall sweetness of the recipe. Additionally, because the drinks are SO strong you may only want to consume a very small amount – resulting in less sugar consumption as well.
Everclear is made from corn and as a result, is gluten free.
Most moonshine experts consider moonshine a homemade, unaged whiskey. As a result, while many other versions online consider this apple pie drink with Everclear a type of moonshine, it technically is not.
Apple Pie Drink Storage
This apple pie is commonly stored in the juice jugs used to make it (once it is properly cooled). I know many people who have stored this for months at room temperature and been fine, however as a safety precaution I recommend storing apple pie in the fridge.
What to Serve with Apple Pie Alcoholic Drink?
Serve this at a campfire alongside smores, hot dogs/hamburgers, and sweet corn. Serve it at a Thanksgiving/fall party alongside the other party food. Or serve it during football/sports with nachos, wings, and other appetizers.
More Delicious Cocktails
If you love homemade party cocktails that are delicious (but also gluten free and/or healthier) then you may also like:
Please make sure to drink this responsibly as its strength is easily underestimated due to the strong apple taste of the ingredients. And of course, enjoy!
Here’s to regaining our sparkle together,
Apple Pie Drink
- 1 gallon apple juice
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 1 cup organic sugar
- 10 organic cinnamon sticks
- *1 – 750 ml bottle 151 proof grain alcohol I used Everclear
- In a large pot (this may require a few), combine apple juice, apple cider, sugar and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil. Allow to simmer until sugar is fully dissolved, about ½ hour, or up to 2 hours for extra cinnamon flavor!
- Remove from heat and allow cider mixture to cool completely.
- Once slightly cooler, stir in the grain alcohol.
- Serve hot or over ice for a cold drink.
- Make sure to save the apple cider and juice jugs as this can be used to store all of the extra apple pie! I know a lot of people who have stored this for months at room temperature and been fine, however as an extra safety precaution I recommend storing apple pie in the fridge.