A few months ago, my southern friends made me aware of a phenomenon that's become a ubiquitous and wonderful accessory of their convention-attending experience: Pie. Pie, my friends, is a high-sugar, high-proof alcoholic beverage of the homecrafted variety. It's like moonshine's pigtails-and-Daisy-Dukes-wearing sister - she has the smile of an angel, but leaves a trail of human carnage in her wake.
It really does taste quite a bit like apple pie filling - its cinnamon/fresh apple/buttery flavor has sweetness, tartness and barely a hint of that alcohol flavor (you hardly know that it's an alcoholic beverage until that first sip hits your belly and the warmth begins... quite like, well, apple pie). After trying both the Apple and Cherry varieties, I can and must perpetuate it's creation and consumption. A friend's birthday happened this weekend, and I thought "what better place to
I decided to attempt my own with naught to guide me but the Internetz. I found a forum with a few hastily-transcribed recipes online, but they were strongly debated as to the "truest" recipe. Not being unfamiliar with the principles of baking and infusions, I married what I found to be the better parts of all, and this recipe is the result. I'm sure there are a million version out there (that's the joy of homecrafted boozes) and I'm sure mine is no better or worse than any other, but I did destroy several of my friends last night, and that's what it's all about.
So. Here you are.
- 1 gallon apple juice
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2.5 cups white granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. apple pie spice (or substitute with your own concoction of mulling spices)
- 2 tbsp. orange zest
- 3 golden apples, sliced and seeds removed
- 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 3-7 cinnamon sticks
- 3 cups everclear or high-quality vodka (vodka will make a lower-proof end product, but will probably kill fewer people)
- 1/2 cup goldschlager or cinnamon-flavoured liquor
- 1/2 cup buttershots or butterscotch-flavoured liquor
Or, you know. Drink immediately. Up to you.