Imagine sipping a glass of Homemade Apple Spice Liqueur in front of a cozy fire. Whether in cool fall air or with snowflakes drifting, the spicy warmth of your drink will bring a smile to your face. The flavors in Apple Spice Liqueur are like drinking a glass of autumn. Crisp apples picked from orchards with natural tannins combined with baking spice flavors, brandy and rum create a world class sipping spirit . The local apples are ripe so my passion for mixology is on the move.
Homemade Apple Brandy is straight Americana. It was made in America long before there was a United States. History tells us Abraham Lincoln and George Washington enjoyed the drink in local taverns. The first commercial distillery in America, Laird & Company which opened in the 1700’s, was and still is making apple brandy and applejack. Definitely one of United State’s original spirits. Let’s add some rum, personalize those spices and create our own version of a historic liqueur.
With my love of food preservation including canning, dehydrating, freezing and fermenting, designing liqueurs with fresh fruit is right up my alley. Homemade Apple Spice Liqueur is a family pleasure but will make fantastic gifts to delight your friends. Enjoy the taste of autumn all year round.
Apple Spice Liqueur
- 2 cups dark rum
- 5 cups brandy
- 6 apples cored and chopped, do not peel
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cloves whole
Brown Simple Syrup
- 2 cups brown sugar dark
- 2 cups water
- Core and chop 6 apples. Do not peel.
- Place apples in large bowl. Gather 5 cinnamon sticks and 4 whole cloves.
- Measure 2 cups of dark rum and 5 cups of brandy. Use good quality liquor as alcohol base.
- Add apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves, rum and brandy to large jar. Cover jar and let sit in cool dark location for 7 days.
- Strain mixture into large jar with cheesecloth over funnel or a fine mesh strainer. You will be left with the alcohol mixture.
- Combine dark brown sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil for one minute. Let syrup completely cool. Add syrup to taste to the liqueur mixture.
- Bottle liqueur using funnel.
- Serve room temperature or mildly warmed.