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How to Make Apple-Cinnamon-Infused Whiskey

I always feel slightly guilty when I give my friends a bottle of booze as a gift. It screams lazy – I didn’t have enough time to think about something thoughtful to buy you so I headed to the Vintages section of the LCBO and here’s your bottle of wine! (And here’s the bag I managed to scrounge up to put it in!)

Well, no more, my friends! That bottle of booze just became a thoughtful, heart-warming gift. Why? Because it’s homemade! Nothing screams considerate like a gift you made with your own two hands. Now, I’m not suggesting you start making moonshine in your garage. I am suggesting infused alcohol. Brilliance!

Infusing alcohol basically means you’re giving everyday ho-hum alcohol some great flavour by mixing it with other ingredients and letting them hang out for a while in a bottle.

In keeping with the flavours of the season and my (I mean my friends’) love of whiskey, I have decided to try my hand at apple-cinnamon-infused whiskey.

WHAT YOU NEED

Apple-Cinnamon-Infused Whiskey

Whiskey (I used Canadian Club, $13.95 for 375 mL at the LCBO)
1 or 2 cinnamon sticks
1 Granny Smith apple
An air-tight bottle or other container (mason jars work well)

HOW TO DO IT

Slice the apples thin enough to fit into the bottle.

Add apples and cinnamon sticks to bottle.

Apple-Cinnamon-Infused Whiskey

Pour in whiskey.

Seal tightly.

Apple-Cinnamon-Infused Whiskey

Store in cool, dark place. Now we wait. 14 days should do the trick, but check on it every now and again.

Now what to do with your Apple-Cinnamon-Infused Whiskey? Well, if you’re not giving it as a gift, drink it, of course!

How about an Apple-Cinnamon Hot Toddy?

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 oz of your Apple-Cinnamon-Infused Whiskey
1 teaspoon honey
Hot apple cider
A cinnamon stick, for garnish

HOW TO DO IT

Coat the bottom of a glass with honey (if you have an Irish coffee glass, all the more authentic)
Add the apple-cinnamon-infused whiskey
Fill with hot apple cider
Stir & garnish with a cinnamon stick

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5 comments on “How to Make Apple-Cinnamon-Infused Whiskey

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  2. Natalie Jackson
    November 14, 2013

    After the waiting time of 14 days, do you remove the apples and cinnamon or keep it in the jar?? I’m giving these delicious concoctions to all the brothers and brothers-in-law for Christmas this year, but didn’t know if I should unseal the jars, take out the apples and cinnamon, or simply keep it sealed with the apples and cinnamon still inside for the next month or so before giving it as gifts? Thank you!

  3. stirandgarnish
    November 19, 2013

    Hi Natalie,

    You’re going to be a superstar sister and sister-in-law with these babies!

    You can keep the cinnamon and apples in the jar for as long as you like – the flavour only gets more intense.

    Enjoy!

    • Natalie Jackson
      November 19, 2013

      Thank you! I appreciate your feedback! :)

  4. Baunita
    November 23, 2013

    Question……can I add store bought apple cidar (Publix ) to your recipe……maybe 1/2 whiskey….1/2 pure apple cidar……to be “less” strong??????
    Doing this tonight

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