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Apple Pie: Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Apple Pie: Holiday Cocktail Recipe

 As featured in Holiday 2023 issue of The Applegatarian. 


"As far as I know, Apple Pie is a true midwestern drink and a staple in the fall.


There are dive bars all over Wisconsin, and they all serve $1 homemade Apple Pie shots. It's extremely easy to make, and my friends and I would make 5 to 6 gallons of it at a time and then tuck it away in a cabinet for a couple of months. 


The longer it sits the smoother it gets. It's a very easy drink, but it will creep up on you! It's great at a room temperature, better chilled, and delicious warm.


When it gets cold at football games, we still tailgate. We will heat up apple cider and add some Apple Pie. It's a soothing drink that warms the soul on the way down." 


- Ryan Grubb, Applegate Regional Business Manager



The Applegatarian, an outlet where employees and advocates of the nation’s leading natural and organic meat brand dish about their favorite recipes, tips, products, partners and more.


Makes about 2 1/2 Gallons | Total Time: Less Than 15 Mins


  • 1 gallon apple juice 
  • 1 gallon apple cider 
  • 3 cups granulated sugar 
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar 
  • 6 to 8 cinnamon sticks 
  • 1 (1.75L) bottle 190-proof Everclear grain alcohol 
  • Mason Jars 


  1. In a large heavy pot, stir together the apple juice, apple cider, sugars and cinnamon sticks until well combined. Cover and bring to a rolling boil. Remove from the heat, uncover, and let cool to room temperature. 
  2. Once cool, stir in the Everclear. Grab your mason jars and 2 cinnamon sticks per jar. Fill the mason jars with the mixture and screw the lids on tight. For best results, let sit in a cool dark place for 3-6 months before serving.