Thirsty Thursday: Homemade Apple Whiskey

Dec 13, 2012 19 Comments

Thirsty Thursday Homemade Apple Whiskey How To Make Recipe 1

If you recall a few months back Thirsty Thursday featured Leopold Bros. New York Apple Whiskey (click here to read the review).   So taken was I with the whiskey that after picking about 30 lbs of apples in upstate New York earlier this fall I set about creating a homemade version of apple whiskey to imbibed in.  Using a bottle of Woodford Reserve, a blend of multiple  apple varietals along with a single cinnamon stick success was had at producing not just a palatable but rather addicting homemade version of apple or apple “infused” whiskey.

Though no where near as complex as the Leopold Bros., the whiskey did display a solid apple pie like essence while not over riding the whiskey’s own unique identity.  And for those of you not entirely into bourbon, the best part of this creation might just be the fact that the alcohol “burn” is nearly completely neutralized making this an exceedingly smooth and satisfying spirit.

I’ve outlined the simple process below which of course is open to tinkering, especially with the spices used as I’m sure the addition of a clove or nutmeg could only heighten the whiskey’s apple pie like essence.  For me though I prefer to keep things simple and clean so that I could still enjoy the whiskey itself.

The Necessities:

  • 750ml bottle of Woodford Reserve
  • 5-6 apples (sweeter varietals)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 64oz resealable container such as a growler from Grand Teton Brewing Co. (click here to order)


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  • Wash the apples, remove the cores/stems, and hack em up.

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  • Using a large knife, mallet, club, etc. mash the apples.

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  • Stuff the growler or resealable container with the apples.

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  • Pour in your whiskey of choice.

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  • Shove one large cinnamon stick into the center of the apples and whiskey.

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  • Seal that container and patiently wait 48 hours for all the flavors to meddle.

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  • Filter the infused whiskey out by pouring it through a strainer topped with a cheese cloth.  Return the apple whiskey to the original bottle and enjoy on the rocks or in a Manhattan.*

*Please note that since you are using fresh fruit the apple whiskey should be consumed within two weeks of being made and refrigeration is recommended.

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19 Responses to “Thirsty Thursday: Homemade Apple Whiskey”

  1. Eva says:

    Perfect timing for the holiday season, Jed and a very nice combo. This would make a great addition to coffee as well, or a flavouring in whipped cream! Cheers.

  2. Sissi says:

    Jed, it sounds extraordinary! I have never heard of apple-infused whiskey, but as a regular home alcohol maker, I am delighted to discover it.

    • Jed Gray says:

      Hope you can give it a try in some capacity Sissi, though I can’t remember how accessible bourbon is over there.

  3. Liz says:

    This is exactly the sort of thing I like to make for holiday gifts! What an excellent idea, Jed!

    PS…you’ll have to share your wedding cake on your blog one day! I’d LOVE to see it.

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    If this is as good as you say, Jed, I doubt that I’ll need your ” must use by” note. On the other hand, it is good to have a goal and I’ll see if I can both make this and have it last the two weeks. :)

    • Jed Gray says:

      Ya, i’ve never made it to that mark. We had a house guest yesterday and the bottle is nearly gone. That good.

  5. Stephanie says:

    We love it!

  6. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says:

    This reminds me of a moonshine I made a few weeks ago. It was trouble. In a tasty way.

  7. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen says:

    I was thinking this must be a long and involved process! Wow, I’ll have to try this one.. does it have to be refrigerated when it’s “brewing”?

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  9. Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

    This sounds much easier than making hard apple cider like we have done in the past. Perfect for winter sipping.

  10. Sportschump says:

    I may have to try this, bra.

    Any particular bourbon that might soak up the apple flavor a little better than another?

    • Jed Gray says:

      I’ve done it twice with Woodford Reserve and been happy with the results. I did feel that Makers wouldn’t be a right fit, but I think anything you tried would work fairly well.