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Enjoy fall flavors by mixing up Gin Apple Pie Cocktails for a crowd! Start with homemade cinnamon-infused simple syrup. Combine gin, apple cider and the cinnamon-infused simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, and shake until combined. Pour over ice, and enjoy immediately. Flavorful with interesting floral notes, this 3-ingredient autumnal cocktail is bound to become a favorite, whether it’s served at a party, a tailgate or on a random weeknight.
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Whenever I eat a slice of apple pie, I think of my grandmother, Bugga.
Her apple pie was simply the best.
And while that was my jam, other family members can confirm that her other pies were the bees knees, too.
So today, I’m giving my Bugga a nod by turning my favorite pie of hers into a cocktail. And I would like to think this adaptation would make her smile, even though she’d probably ask why the heck I wouldn’t just make a pie out of it. 😉
Because hey, this is me, and y’all know I don’t really ever bake pies.
“What’s that about?” you wonder.
It comes down to laziness.
Also, I don’t want to botch my Bugga’s pie crust, even though I’ve gotten fairly good at making it over the last ten years. My mother gave me her handwritten recipe for my 21st birthday, and I will cherish that piece of paper until the cows come home… and then pass it along to Lady A, who will hopefully have inherited Bugga’s hand at baking.
In all honesty, I bake one pie a year, and I’ve never shared the recipe here because—again—laziness.
If you’re curious, though, these Drunken Pecan Bars are what I make for Thanksgiving, except in pie crust. Boom. Boozy dessert-y goodness.
So today, I hope my Bugga is smiling down as I serve up this cocktail.
It’s quite simple, and the base is a crazy flavorful cinnamon-infused simple syrup that you make in advance of your event—whether it be a cocktail party, tailgate or a random weeknight because hey, you deserve a dessert drink!
Once that’s made, you mix it with gin and apple cider.
Shake ‘em together, and you’ve got THIS cocktail that tastes like a pie with super interesting floral notes from the gin-apple combination.
What’s not to love?
Gin Apple Pie Cocktail Essentials
- A cocktail shaker (like the Cresimo 24 oz. Cocktail Shaker & Jigger,Kate Spade New York Gold-Dot Cocktail Shaker or Cambridge Silversmith’s Copper-Etched 24. oz. Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker.)
- 8 oz. mason jar.
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Who wants to give this cocktail a try?
Scroll on down to learn how you can make it at home today!
Gin Apple Pie Cocktail
Enjoy fall flavors by mixing up Gin Apple Pie Cocktails for a crowd! Start with homemade cinnamon-infused simple syrup. Combine gin, apple cider and the cinnamon-infused simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, and shake until combined. Pour over ice, and enjoy immediately. Flavorful with interesting floral notes, this 3-ingredient autumnal cocktail is bound to become a favorite, whether it's served at a party, a tailgate or on a random weeknight.
Cinnamon-Infused Simple Syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 sticks cinnamon
Gin Apple Pie Cocktail (Makes 1)
- 2 oz. gin
- 3 oz. apple cider
- 3/4 oz. Cinnamon-Infused Simple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Lemon wedge
Make the Cinnamon-Infused Simple Syrup
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, measure out the water and sugar. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat.
Add in the cinnamon sticks, and cover for 30 minutes to three hours. (The longer the simple syrup infuses, the more cinnamon-y it will become. Proceed with caution.)
When the syrup has finished infusing (and tastes good to you!), strain and pour into a mason jar. Refrigerate until time to make cocktails.
Make the Cocktail(s)
In a shallow bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
Run a lemon wedge over the rim of the glass(es) you plan on using, then dip the glass(es) into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Set the glasses aside.
In a cocktail shaker, combine your favorite gin, apple cider and the cinnamon-infused simple syrup.
Add ice, then shake vigorously until combined.
Pour over large ice cubes, and serve immediately.
Please note that the total time INCLUDES the shortest infusion time for the cinnamon-infused simple syrup. If you want a more cinnamon-y simple syrup, please allot the proper amount of time for that spice to infuse. I suggest making the simple syrup a day before the event.
This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled and mixed together quite easily. Just make sure not to overfill your cocktail shaker as you mix ‘em up.