Enjoy fall flavors by mixing up a Gin Apple Pie Drink! Calling for three simple ingredients and a homemade cinnamon-infused simple syrup, this floral, spiced gin cocktail is perfect for cooler weather. Makes 1 drink, but can easily be made for a crowd.
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, minus a singular one for Thanksgiving every year. (Hello, pie version of Drunken Pecan Pie Bars, I love you.)
So today, I hope my Bugga is smiling down as I serve up this cocktail.
Why I love this apple pie drink recipe:
This cocktail is quite simple and requires just three ingredients.
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. That’s it.
Shake ‘em together, and you’ve got THIS drink that tastes like a apple pie with super interesting floral notes from the gin-apple combination.
What’s not to love?
Do you need a fun mixed drink for an event? Check out my Cocktail Recipe Index for inspiration!
Gin Apple Pie Cocktail Essentials
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In addition to these tools, you’ll need a few ingredients, too!
- Granulated sugar
- Cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon
- Gin—I used a cucumber-infused gin (Hendricks) but a London dry gin would be awesome here, too
- Apple cider
How to make a Gin Apple Pie Cocktail
This gin drink is actually quite simple to make! There are two major stages to making this cocktail, though: the making of the cinnamon-infused simple syrup—which makes it actually taste like apple pie—and the mixing of the drink itself.
Make the Cinnamon-Infused Simple Syrup
Measure the water and sugar into a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Place it on high heat. Bring to a simmer (not a rolling boil), and swirl the liquid around the bottom of the pan until the sugar has dissolved before removing from the heat.
Add in the cinnamon sticks, and let the ingredients steep for 30 minutes to 3 hours. The longer you let the syrup infuse, the more cinnamony it’ll become. I love cinnamon, but I know it’s not everyone’s jam.
Give the syrup a taste. Does it taste cinnamony enough? Awesome. Strain it and pour it into a mason jar, then refrigerate it until it’s mixed drink time.
Make the Gin Apple Pie Drinks
First, we’re going to combine sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl to put on the rims of our glasses! Is this step necessary? No. But is it fun and tasty? Heck yes!
Run a lemon wedge (or a finger coated in simple syrup) over the rim of the glass(es) you plan on using, then dip the glass(es) into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. When the rims are sufficiently coated, add a large ice cube (or smaller ice cubes) set ’em aside.
In a cocktail shaker, pour in the gin, apple cider and the cinnamon-infused simple syrup. Add ice, then shake vigorously. You want the entire mixture to get suuuuuuuuper cold. Since I use a metal cocktail shaker, I know my drink is ready when it almost gets too cold for me to shake.
Pour over the ice cube(s) in your prepared glass(es), and serve immediately.
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips
This Gin Apple Pie Drink is so much fun to make and share during the fall because it’s the perfect after-dinner drink that actually tastes like pie.
It’s also great for sharing because you can very easily make batches of this goodness.
Here’s how I suggest entertaining with this apple cider mixed drink:
- Make the cinnamon simple syrup in advance. Because it can be refrigerated for up to two weeks, you can throw this together beforehand, and let it hang out in the fridge until it’s cocktail hour.
- Double or triple the recipe. While the cinnamon simple syrup makes 10 servings, you can easily double or triple the drink recipe in the cocktail shaker to make a batch.
- Try it with different types of gin to see what you like best! I used Hendricks Gin because that’s what we had at the house when I was developing this recipe, but it would be fun to see the differences in flavor based on the different types and styles of gin!
Who wants to give this cocktail a try?
Scroll on down to learn how you can make it at home today!
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 (Makes 10 servings)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 sticks cinnamon
Gin Apple Pie Cocktail (Makes 1)
- 2 oz. gin
- 3 oz. apple cider
- ¾ oz. Cinnamon-Infused Simple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- ¼ 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.
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Serving Size:1 cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 930Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 212gFiber: 16gSugar: 185gProtein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.