Cinnamon Spiced Apple Pie Cocktail

4 Drinks
15 min

The Apple pie cocktail recipe is filled with all the warm flavors of fall; Apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and whipped cream. Enjoy it at home or serve at a holiday party. Either way, it always brings the wow factor!

If you remember sharing delicious, classic comfort desserts with your friends and family, you will love this "slice of apple pie" drink. This cocktail is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holiday gatherings. Whipping this drink is easy, as it only requires five ingredients.

You can prepare the base in advance, making it easy to mix this adult beverage in a couple of minutes. Serve it at your next family gathering; everyone will ask you for the recipe!

Ingredients used in making the cocktail.

Apple Cider - 4 cups: Apple cider is an unfiltered, unsweetened juice extracted from apples - basically an unfiltered apple juice. Look for fresh apple cider for the best flavor! Apple cider is not carbonated or alcoholic, making this the perfect base.

Brown Sugar - ¼ cup: Brown sugar will be used for the apple pie cocktail base and on the rim of the glass if you choose. It offers the perfect balance of flavors and will bring the sweetness that your holiday cocktail requires.

Ground Allspice - ¼ teaspoon: Perfect fall flavor. If you dislike allspice, you can omit it, and the drink will still taste like apple pie.

Ground Cinnamon - ½ teaspoon: This is a must-have ingredient to create the apple pie flavor!

Vanilla Vodka - 8 ounces: Vodka infused with vanilla adds warmth to this cocktail.

Two cocktail glasses rimmed with brown sugar.

How to Sugar Rim Your Glass

A sugar-rimmed glass adds sparkle and extra flavor while impressing your guests. Instead of using salt and lime, which is done on margaritas, a cinnamon sugar rim works excellent for this holiday cocktail.

Start by mixing brown sugar with a touch of cinnamon. I like brown sugar because the molasses brings another layer of warm flavor. Another alternative is turbinado sugar, which matches apple cider's golden hue.

To sugar rim a glass, you will need something sticky to wet the edge. For an apple pie cocktail, you can use something sweet and sticky. I recommend honey, simple syrup, maple syrup, or blue agave.

An apple next to the garnished cocktail.



The warmth of bourbon goes perfectly with this apple pie cocktail recipe. If you want a new bourbon to try, I recommend Fort Hamilton. They are a small distillery out of Brooklyn. Their bourbon is double-barreled. The result is a warm small crafted bourbon.

Baileys Apple Pie

Baileys offers an apple pie version of their Irish cream during the fall and holiday seasons. Instead of vodka, use Bailey's apple pie. The result will be a creamier drink with double the apple pie flavor!

Cinnamon Whiskey

Did someone say Fireball goes great with apple pie? I did! Switch out the vodka with Fireball or another cinnamon whiskey to turn up the spice -- and heat -- with this drink.


Tuaca and apples go hand and hand! Even though Tuaca is an Italian brandy with vanilla and orange flavor, it tastes great with apple pie! Use this in place of vodka to add additional warmth to the flavor!

Glass of drink next apples.

Cinnamon Spiced Apple Pie Cocktail
Recipe details
  • 4  Drinks
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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  • ▢ 4 cups apple cider
  • ▢ 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • ▢ 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ▢ 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • ▢ 8 oz vanilla vodka

Create Apple Pie Base: Using a small saucepan over low heat, combine the apple cider, brown sugar, and allspice. Stir until the brown sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow the mix to come to room temperature before serving. * The base creates enough for four drinks. One part base = 1 cup.
Mix Drink: Once the base has cooled add the vodka and mix. For individual drinks add one part base (1 cup) with one part vanilla vodka (2oz). 
Garnish as desired.
  • Garnish Suggestions: Sugar rims your glass with brown sugar for a toasty holiday feel. Top with whipped cream for a whole apple pie flavor. Add a cinnamon stick for a holiday look.
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  • Sherrie Powell Russo Sherrie Powell Russo on Dec 24, 2022

    The drink should be room temperature?

    • Sinful Kitchen Sinful Kitchen on Dec 24, 2022

      Hi, I drink it at room temperature. But it would be delicious warm. If you choose to enjoy it warm, heat the cider mixture up, remove from heat and then add the alcohol.