The old saying “Good things come to those that wait!” gets floated around quite a bit, and for this recipe the saying holds true! But never fear, even if it takes a bit of time, you get two really great end results that you can use in your kitchen! Back in November we were at the Whole Food’s Share the Cheer event where we were prepping to preview some featured cocktails we had prepared for the holidays and we were chatting with Phyllis, one of the event staff at the Omaha Whole Foods about making some cool cocktails. She mentioned that she had just recently finished a class on infusions, one of which was an apple pie vodka infusion. Obviously this is right up our alley, and before we knew it, we were sampling not only the infusion, but the by product, some deliciously spiced drunken apples.
With our imaginations piqued, we figured we would try to make an apple pie infused vodka at home as we figured it might be a nice addition to our holiday revelry. We found a nice batch of Honeycrisp apples and decided that the combination of sweet and tart would work nicely in the infusion. We peeled and cored the apples, and diced them into chunks about 1/4th – 1/2 inch thick. Be sure to peel the apples to prevent bitterness and to prevent the skins from being chewy on the apples. We let the apples and spices infuse the vodka for a week before straining them out.
Not wanting to waste the apples, we decided they would be delicious in a boozy milkshake. Blended in with vanilla ice cream, some graham crackers for a crust and a shot of the sweet and spicy Amaro di Angostura to add a hint of rum and complex warm spices, this shake is like apple pie ala mode with an adult twist!
- Drunken Apples:
- 4 apples, peeled and diced
- 1 bottle vodka
- 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 cup of drunken apples
- 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream
- 3/4-1 cup of milk
- 1.5 oz Amaro
- dash of ground cinnamon
- 1 graham cracker rectangle
- For drunken apples, combine all ingredients in a large sealed container. Let this sit in a cool, dark spot for a minimum 5 days, longer if you want stronger apples, shaking 2 times a day. When ready to use apples, strain out apples, reserving vodka, and return vodka to original bottle to use for cocktails in the future.
- Store remaining apples in refrigerator or they can be frozen.
- For the milkshake, combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon if desired.
- Makes 2-4 servings.