Infused Apple Bourbon
As autumn arrives, indulge in the delightful blend of Infused Apple Bourbon. This concoction offers a splendid opportunity to savor the essence of the season while crafting a selection of cocktails. Opting for intensely tart red apples enhances the experience, as their sharp flavor seamlessly intertwines with the smoky notes of the bourbon.
Ingredients to make Infused Apple Bourbon:
Fruity Flavor: Apples contribute a natural sweetness and fruity flavor that infuses into the bourbon, creating a well-balanced and mellow taste.
Aromatic Complexity: Cinnamon’s aromatic qualities blend with the other ingredients, creating a more nuanced and inviting scent in the finished product.
Enhanced Complexity: The interaction between high-quality bourbon and the added ingredients results in a more complex and sophisticated final product, elevating the overall taste of the bourbon.
Why infuse your own bourbon?
What Bourbon should I use to make Apple Bourbon?
Mid-Range Bourbons: Explore bourbons like Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey 101, or Evan Williams Black Label for a balanced quality without a hefty price tag.
Premium Bourbons: Elevate your apple bourbon with premium choices such as Maker’s Mark, Woodford Reserve, or Knob Creek, offering complex flavors that harmonize well with apple and cinnamon.
Wheated Bourbons: Opt for bourbons with a higher wheat content, like Maker’s Mark or Larceny, for a smoother and slightly sweeter profile that complements the apple and cinnamon infusion.
Rye-Forward Bourbons: Choose bourbons with a higher rye content, such as Four Roses Single Barrel or Bulleit Bourbon, for a spicier kick that pairs well with the warmth of cinnamon.
Small Batch Craft Bourbons: Explore the unique characteristics of local or craft bourbons. Brands like Elijah Craig and Rabbit Hole can offer distinct profiles that contribute a special touch to your homemade apple bourbon.
Now let’s talk about what drinks to use this in!
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Mason jar
- 2 Apples
- 4 Cinnamon sticks
- 750 ml Bourbon
- Core and slice the apples. The easiest way to do this is to cut just off center to leave core, doing this on all 4 sides. Then slice apples, leaving the skin on.2 Apples
- Place cinnamon sticks and half or the apple slices into the jar. Pour the bourbon over the apples and cinnamon. Place additional apples into the jar till bourbon is about 1 inch from the top. Seal the mason jar, and make sure to wipe so that it is completely dry before you store it, since alcohol can damage surfaces.4 Cinnamon sticks, 2 Apples
- At this point the bourbon can soak for a few days, up to 3 weeks. This all depends on how deep of a flavor you are trying to achieve. 4 sticks of cinnamon will give you a very deep cinnamon flavor, so cut that in half if you want more of the apple flavor.
- Taste the bourbon after a few days to see if it is getting to the flavor profile you desire. At this point remove the cinnamon sticks, and allow to dry. I sit them across the top of a cocktail glass and let air dry. Remove apples and discard. Store bourbon in mason jar, or place into a more decorative decanter.