Jim's Warm Apple Pie

Published ~ October 13th, 2020 | Updated ~ March 28th, 2021
Author ~ Carl Busch
Tags ~ Whiskey | Apple Liqueur |

When I create a cocktail menu, I try to make sure there is a purpose behind each cocktail. Can I create a nice range of flavors and styles to cater to any customer's taste? Do the drinks fit the season? How can I incorporate several different spirits?

The first year I started at 7 Hills Brewing Company, they had a hot toddy that was pretty popular. It was your standard cocktail, and people liked it. But people "liking" their drink isn't good enough for me. I want people to love the drink they ordered, so I created another hot toddy-style drink. But, I put my own spin on it.

I racked my brain, trying to develop a cocktail that would taste great, but be pretty simple to make when the bar was busy. Eventually, I decided to move on and work on the rest of the menu. Come back at it with fresh eyes, you know? Then it hit me. What's more American, and beloved in the colder months, than apple pie?

American...pie... It's not surprising that the infamous movie, released in 1999, popped into my head, right?

I love the film for all of its raunchy humor and quotability. Both Jim and his mother's pie are notorious! So, as is true 7 Hills fashion, why not incorporate a little indecency into the name of the cocktail? It is fitting, after all.

Jim's Warm Apple Pie is a great fall cocktail that gives you everything you want in a hot beverage with some adult fun. Apples, caramel, whiskey, and just a kiss of cinnamon.

Jim's Warm Apple Pie Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 oz hot water
  • 1.5 oz Jim Beam’s Apple
  • .25 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 oz caramel syrup
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Instructions

  1. #1- Add hot water
  2. #2 - Add cinnamon stick
  3. #3 - Add Jim Beam Apple
  4. #4 - Add caramel syrup
  5. #5 - Add fresh lemon Juice
  6. #6 - Stir for 10 seconds

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I had to use Jim Beam to make the name of the cocktail doubly relevant. So those people who don't appreciate debauchery and crass humor have something else to think of when they order Jim's Warm Apple Pie.

I chose the apple variety of the Kentucky bourbon because it was the perfect liquor to give it the apple cidery flavor I was looking for.

You know what goes well with apple cider? Caramel.

Caramel Syrup Recipe

I could have gone out and bought caramel ice cream topping. But where's the fun in that? I like to make fresh ingredients as much as possible. I want to control what is going into my cocktails and avoid as many processed, preservative-packed mixins as possible.

So, I set out to make my own caramel syrup, which was both easy and challenging at the same time. You only need four ingredients to make the caramel, and it takes less than 15 minutes. But it's all about timing.

The tricky part about making the syrup was figuring out how long to boil the sugar and water before mixing in the cream. Don't worry, though, I did the hard part for you!

There are a lot of recipes for caramel syrup online, but mine is a little different. I added more heavy whipping cream and butter than most recipes call for because I needed the caramel to flow and mix easily without getting hard. This recipe is much easier to work with than others I tried.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ¾ cup of heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup (half a stick) butter - cut into 4 or 5 pieces

Recipe

  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan
  2. Only stir to dissolve all the sugar, once dissolved do not stir again
  3. Let sugar water come to have a golden look, The outside edges might be darker. You want the entire pan to have at least a light brown color
  4. Get a large bowl and whisk
  5. Pour brown sugar water into bowl
  6. While whiskey the sugar pour a small amount of the heavy whipping cream into bowl
  7. Place half the butter while still stirring to get the butter to melt
  8. Place the rest of the cream and butter into bowl
  9. Stir until all the butter is melted
  10. Let cool down in fridge

Once you have your caramel, it's time to build your cocktail. This warming fall beverage is perfect around a campfire, while snuggling with that special someone, or by yourself to warm up your hands after raking leaves.

Enjoy!

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