A couple weeks ago, the hubby and I went to happy hour at a local restaurant. I had a drink called a hot apple pie. It had spiced cider, orange infused vodka and butterscotch schnapps! A very sweet drink but so good on a cold, rainy night 🙂
Then, a few days ago, my daughter told me that her boyfriend really wanted hot apple cider. I saw my opportunity to recreate (or at least attempt to) the hot apple pie.
I decided to use my crock pot, since I was also making a beef bourguigon in my dutch oven, and I wanted extra!
I combined allspice, cloves and nutmeg in a coffee filter (I was out of cheesecloth) and tied it with cooking twine. The sachet was added to 1 gallon of apple cider along with cinnamon sticks, star anise, orange and lemon slices.
I set the slow cooker on low for 4 hours and let the flavors steep into the cider.
By now the house was smelling wonderful! The spiced cider was delicious on its own, and even better with a few embellishments!
I did not have orange infused vodka, but used my vanilla flavored one instead. I added 1 oz. of each of the vodka and “Buttershots” (which is the butterscotch schnapps).
I was quite happy with the end result! I do recommend this one 🙂
Hot Apple Pie Cocktail
Take your spiced apple cider to the next level with this sophisticated and elegant cocktail, perfect for the holidays!
-1 gallon apple cider, filtered or unfiltered
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-2 Teaspoons whole allspice
-3 Teaspoons whole cloves
-2 dashes of grated nutmeg
-4 cinnamon sticks
-4 star anise
-2 oranges, 1 cut into half and the other sliced
-1 lemon, cut into slices
-1 oz. Vanilla infused vodka, or orange infused vodka
-1 oz. Butterscotch schnapps
- Add the 1 gallon of cider and brown sugar to a crockpot and stir to mix.
- In a coffee filter or cheesecloth, place the allspice, cloves and nutmeg. Carefully fold up the coffee filter, making sure none of the spices can fall out. Tie up with butcher’s twine and place into the cider.
- Slice an orange in half and place sliced side down into the cider, along with the additional orange and lemon slices. Add in the cinnamon sticks and star anise.
- Cover and heat on low for several hours before guests arrive, or can be heated on high for an hour or two until it’s hot enough and then turn the heat down to low.Keep spice bag and orange halves in the cider the entire time.
- Add the liquors to a glass and fill with the hot spiced mixture.