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Apple Pie Bourbon

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This infusion is very easy to make. Both bourbon lovers and bourbon abstainers love this concoction.

I found some similar recipes that called for a 2-5 day infusion. Lately, I have seen a lot of tips that call for infusing liqueurs for only a few days. I taste all my infusions frequently, and while some ingredients may act quickly, I prefer to infuse most of my liqueurs for a longer time period. Sometimes it may take months. Use your judgment here, but I let this marinate about a month.

Apple Pie Bourbon

750 ml Bourbon

3 Granny smith apples (or enough to cover)

Cinnamon Stick

1/2 vanilla bean, split

Slice and core the apples. Discard the cores. Place the apple slices, cinnamon, and vanilla bean in a large jar. Add bourbon, making sure it covers all the apples slices. Close tightly and stir or shake every few days. Allow to infuse for about a month or until it reaches your desired taste. Keep in mind that the flavors will mellow and change over time. Strain and filter through a strainer, cheesecloth, and coffee filters.

Almost immediately, the harsh alcohol flavor was mellowed. The cinnamon took over pretty quickly. Be patient, the rest of the flavors will come through. After infusing for a month, the apple and vanilla were much stronger. And as with many infusions, flavors change and mellow after all of the ingredients are filtered out. A few weeks after straining, the cinnamon flavor was less intense and the liqueur was a very balanced, apple pie taste. This has been a favorite of many! We will make it again, and probably try some variations as well.

* Save the apples when you strain the bourbon. They make a great filling for Bourbon Apple Pies!

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61 thoughts on “Apple Pie Bourbon

  1. This sounds delicious! Do you happen to watch Justified on FX?

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  3. Do you need to refrigerate when using apples?

  4. This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to make this and it would be great Christmas gifts!

  5. Mmm… Apple Season is upon us, and soon my mind will want nothing else. I go apple crazy once a year, including what I drink. Your infusion sounds delightful.

    And sugaredpecan – that’s a great idea. I’ve been told I should make infused syrups for people to buy, but instead might make them as gifts.

  6. An apple a day keeps the doctor away…right!? Lol.

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  9. this looks great. Definitely going to set this up today.

  10. That sounds amazing!

  11. do you discard the apples after the infusion?

  12. What bourbon did you use? I want to do this and I’m debating between Jim Beam or Makers Mark. I was also thinking of trying a rye bourbon and see what happens

    • Hi Paul, I just used Jim Beam for this and it was delicious. I think Makers would be even nicer, but you don’t need to go that high if you don’t want to. Beam infuses quite well. I served this to a friend who normally drinks Makers and he guzzled down two glasses exclaiming how great it was and how he wanted to drink the whole bottle. I also think Rye would be nice, let me know how it goes!

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  14. Add a few cloves to get a good mulling spice flavor. I tried this recipe for an after thankgiving dinner drink and it went over great. I infused for 3 weeks, then infused the infusion for the last week. Was finished within minutes!

  15. Sounds delicious. thanks for reading.

  16. This sounds great. Peel the apples or leave the skin?

  17. We have decided as a family to make Christmas gifts for each other this year and since alcohol is a common interest, I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate than “making” infused liquor! Your blog has been my bible in this process so THANK YOU for all the effort and entries! I currently have a batch of the apple pie bourbon and coffee bourbon infusing (for about 1.5 weeks now) and I found several serving suggestions for the Coffee Bourbon, but was curious if you had suggestions for your Apple Pie Bourbon? I have tasted it recently (my favorite step in this process), and it tastes amazing on it’s own, but I thought giving the bottles with a cute card of other serving suggestions would be fun. Any ideas would be great!! Thank you again! Happy Holidays!

  18. This sounds great. I’m just finding this recipe, however, and would love to whip it up for guests at Christmas eve. Would 10 days be enough time?

    • Hi Chris, I say go for it! I think the apple flavor continues to get stronger over the month, but it will still taste pretty good after just 10 days. There are plenty of people who say they only infuse something like this for 2-5 days. My preference is the longer infusion time, but don’t let that stop you. It will still be good! If you add a bit of dried apple, that may help the apple flavor come out faster. (I have not actually tried that, but my experience is that dried fruits infuse quicker.) good luck and happy holidays!

  19. hi there – how often should you strain the bourbon?

    • Once it reaches your desired taste, you can strain it. If you strain it well enough you shouldn’t need to strain it after that. However, the cinnamon in this was fairly difficult to strain well. You could try double layering the coffee filters on a second pass through. Make sure you have already filtered it thought a jelly bag and single coffee filter, as that stage can take quite a while.

  20. Hey there!
    Would it compromise the infusion to use vanilla extract instead of half a vanilla bean? If it’s kosher to do so, how much would you suggest? Half a teaspoon or so?

    Really excited to try this one out! Thanks a bunch!

    • Hi Octavia, I have seen recipes that call for vanilla extract,but I have not personally used it in my liqueur-making. I think it would be fine to try it. I would start out with only a 1/2 teaspoon and see what you think. Wait a while and see how everything tastes when it is done infusing. If you think it needs more after the rest is done, add a touch more. You don’t really want it to taste of vanilla.

  21. It came out especially nice…thanks for the basic recipe (and I’m glad my tweaks didn’t ruin it): http://1pumplane.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/magic-apple-pie-liqueur-bottled/

  22. Hi Alicia,

    Thanks for posting this great infusion. Since being introduced to great small batch Bourbons by my Kansas City brother in law, I had been looking for a Bourbon that had Apple Pie flavour. But now I can make my own! Can’t wait to give it a try.

    Two questions, please:
    1. Can I half the quantities of the ingredients and still get the same result (as I want to try this with different bourbons)
    2. Have you ever infused longer than a month and did it make any difference ?

    Best wishes from Australia!

    Nick

    • Nick, sorry for the delay in my response.
      To answer your questions, yes, you can absolutely cut the ingredients in half. And no, I have not tried this particular infusion for longer than a month. But experimentation is always fun and welcomed so go for it and see what you think! I was afraid the cinnamon would take over too much of the flavor, but the cinnamon seemed to mellow after a while. I am not sure how that would change with a longer infusion time.
      Good luck and cheers~

  23. I did what you said and let the bourbon infuse for a month, and holy moly, it is AMAZING. I’ve frozen all the apple pieces except for one, which I made the mistake of eating. It was as unpleasant as the apple pie bourbon is delicious. You are a genius and an inspiration. Coffee bourbon, cherry bourbon, and a variety of chai infusions are on the agenda for this week.

  24. Gotta agree with everyone, this is an impressive infusion. Now I’ve read the comments again realise I’m yet to try a Manhattan with it, probably a dry one would be better?

    Anyhow was much fun tasting over time and see the flavours changed. I used 1/3 a bottle of Bulleit and just packed the ingredients into a small, squat glass canning jar. I turned mine everyday as I was worried about the apples going off but they stayed surprisingly firm and packed with alcohol taste!
    Any idea of how the alcohol content changes over time?

    The apple pie itself was yum and highly recommended :D

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  28. does it have to be granny smith? will it taste just as good with other red apple varieties?

  29. ok i know jack daniel’s isn’t marketed as a bourbon but its made in a similar fashion. do you think it would work with your apple infusion recipe or do you think it would come out wrong?

    • You can certainly infuse with Jack Daniel’s. It is really a matter of personal preference and taste. If you like the flavor of Jack Daniel’s then I’m sure you will enjoy it infused with the apple pie infusion recipe! I tend to prefer the flavor of bourbon, but that is really just my preference. If you use infuse with Jack Daniel’s, it will have a different flavor, but that doesn’t make it wrong – just different. Go for it, I’m sure it will be great! Cheers~

  30. Alicia,

    Thanks for the recipe, I’m currently in the beginning of week 2 in the infusion process. I’m excited to try it but I am worried that I may have put all of the ingredients in too big of a jar leaving the some of the apple slices exposed to the air in the jar. Would having the apples not fully submerged cause a change in flavor or an other problems?

    • Hi Al, don’t worry about the size of the jar. When I infuse apples, they tend to discolor, and some of them will float to the top. But I have never had a bad flavor come out of it. Just power through until the infusion has gone long enough, then filter really well and see what you think. I think it will really be ok! Cheers~

  31. I just followed this recipe, scaling up the ingredients for a handle (1.75 L) of bourbon. I’ve recently made homemade grand marnier and limoncello with great success, so I’m really looking forward to this. I plan on doling it out as Christmas gifts to the family.

    Other recipes seem to indicate that the cinnamon can take over and turn the whole thing into a bottle of hot damn with a hint of apples. Their suggestions are to leave the cinnamon in for a short time. What are your thoughts on this? Your writeup seems to indicate that the mellowing period takes care of the problem.

    Thanks again for the infusion idea!

    • Hi there, thank you for your comment. I think you will LOVE the recipe! As to your questions about the cinnamon taking over, I really do think that the cinnamon flavor mellows over time. If you are concerned, you can certainly remove it early. Or next time, you could just use one cinnamon stick for the entire 1.75 L of bourbon. Have you sampled this yet? Sampling is never a bad thing…
      cheers~

  32. Hi! Do I need to strain it or can I make and give it as gifts in bottles with the apple and cinnamon stick in it? Do you have to strain it? Obviously if I shove the apples in a bottle they won’t slide out into the glass hopefully… Thinking of cool presentation!

    • Hi – Yes, I really recommend straining this if you are going to give it as a gift. For this infusion, I think you need to strain it and let the flavors mellow out for a while to achieve the best flavor. (Plus, you don’t want the cinnamon flavor to take over.) There are other recipes that don’t really need straining in order to achieve the optimal flavor, but typically the ingredients tend to look pretty unappetizing when they are done infusing, so I always think it is best to strain before gifting. I know they look pretty when you first place them in the bottle, so it sounds good at first. But I think you’ll get what I mean after this has infused for a while. Cheers~

  33. Is there a danger of botulism forming in this? I know the alcohol content is very high and that should inhibit the C. Botulinum from growing and producing the toxin, but I’m always a bit paranoid when it comes to this. Thanks for your time!

    • Johnny,
      Thank you for your comment. If you follow the recipes, there should be no danger of botulism. If you are worried, you can use extra alcohol (or a higher proof spirit – perhaps a 100 proof). Cheers~

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  35. If you’re pressed for time is there anything you can do to speed the process up?

    • Hi Kam,
      The only ways that I know to speed up the process of infusing is to either get an ISI whipper, or a vacuum sealer. I have not yet invested in either of those. Otherwise, you can always get started and see what it tastes like in a shorter time frame. A lot of people recommend shorter infusion times than I tend to use. The flavor will start imparting into the liquor, but it won’t be as strong. Are you trying to finish this in time for Christmas? When did you start it? good luck…

  36. I made this and it was delicious! However, the general consensus was that they wished the cinnamon was more prominent and I added 1 1/2 cinnamon sticks instead of the recipe’s 1. I’m starting another batch and throwing 2 in there and tasting it as it goes along to see if I might even throw another in there.

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  39. Hi Alicia- when adding the flavours and apples, does it not keep as long? If I give it as a gift should I suggest storing it in the fridge?

    Thanks!

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