How to Make an Awesome Apple Pie Cocktail
I tried several possible base spirits. One would think that all-American applejack brandy would be the best choice (all the better to bolster the apple flavor, right?), but I found that the toasty vanilla notes of dark rum best paired with the apple cider. Feel free to experiment; applejack is still mighty tasty, and I'll bet bourbon would also be a tasty choice.
A drink made out of just these three ingredients is mighty tasty. But we can do even better. A common ingredient in apple pie is lemon juice. Sure enough, a little lemon juice in here adds a welcome bright element. Angostura bitters adds subtle, spicy complexity. Last, I took a page from my nascent days as a tiki bartender, and added a few drops of allspice dram. You can certainly leave it out if you don't feel like tracking down the elusive (and expensive) spirit, but it works beautifully here. If you use the allspice dram, be careful; a little bit goes an insanely long way.
Apple Pie Cocktail
To serve warm, use 6 ounces of cider. Heat the apple cider to almost boiling. Add the other ingredients, stirring to combine. Serve in mugs. For added flair, dip a red-hot fireplace poker into the drink just before serving.
1 ounce cinnamon liqueur
1 ounce dark rum
¼ ounce allspice dram
1 dash Angostura bitters
½ ounce lemon juice
4 ounces apple cider
Build in a tall glass over ice. Stir to combine. Garnish with a lemon wedge and/or apple slice.