Bourbon Makes it Better: Apple Cinnamon Infused Bourbon Posted by: Hedi Hemenway | 0 Comments
Now that fall is upon us, we are thinking apples, cinnamon, pumpkin, vanilla, and other autumn flavors and scents. There are so many ways to enjoy them, including in pies and cakes, scented candles, and flavored coffees.
Then yesterday, as we were enjoying happy hour, we started daydreaming about how to take it a step further and blend two of our favorite things: autumn flavors and bourbon. And low and behold, today we discovered Apple and Cinnamon Infused Bourbon.
Apple & Cinnamon Infused Bourbon
Makes 750-ml of infused bourbon
6 whole apples, such as Honey Crisp or any other sweet apple of your choice
6 whole cinnamon sticks
1 (750-ml) bottle bourbon
Core and slice the apples. Add these slices and the cinnamon sticks to a clean half-gallon mason jar with a tight-fitting lid (or several smaller mason jars — just split the ingredients evenly between jars).
Pour the bottle of bourbon into the mason jar, making sure that the apples and cinnamon are covered. Seal the jar tightly, and store the bottles somewhere cool and dark to infuse.
Let the bourbon infuse for up to two weeks, shaking the jar occasionally to mix the ingredients. Taste the bourbon occasionally — it's ready when it tastes good to you. The longer you let it sit, the more flavor and sweetness it will have.
When ready, strain the apples and cinnamon sticks from the bourbon and discard them. (You might be temped to re-purpose the apples, but they will be flavorless since all of their flavor has infused into the bourbon.)
Transfer your infused bourbon into a new bottle.
This bourbon can be enjoyed on its own or mixed into your favorite cocktails.
What are some other infused bourbons you like?
By Paula Martin
Paula Martin was born and raised in Arkansas and received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans. She is a writer, teacher, mom, barefoot trail runner, martial artist, and free-thinker always packed and ready for the next adventure.
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