A sip of this delicious Caramel Apple Bourbon cocktail is like a sip of everything autumn! Bring a glass to the bonfire and soak up the best of the season.
In the fall, it seems like pumpkin gets all the attention. I like pumpkin as much as the next person, but my favorite fall flavor is caramel apple.
Once the weather turns chilly and I’m ready to start using my fire pit again, I invite friends over and we share in this homemade caramel apple-infused bourbon.
Just looking at that picture gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.
I adore bourbon whiskey. I also adore caramel apples. This is basically a match made in heaven.
Also, did I mention that it’s really easy?
While this recipe is a total cinch to make, it does take a bit of forethought to accommodate the preparation time.
I’ve made infused bourbons with fresh apples before, and while I love the flavor, I don’t like how it can take several weeks to properly infuse.
It occurred to me to swap out fresh apples for dried ones, and I’m so glad I gave this method a try! The dried apples absorb and infuse the bourbon very quickly, so it only takes three days to prepare this infusion.
To get started, just place some dried apples, cinnamon sticks, and bourbon into a good-sized jar and let it sit for three days. I like using 24-ounce canning jars for this purpose, but you can easily do this in smaller jars if it’s what you have on hand.
Since this is a caramel apple bourbon recipe, we’re going to make a quick caramel syrup on the stovetop. Don’t panic! It’s easy, I promise.
You’ll definitely want to make sure you use a quality, sturdy saucepan. Equally important is ease of cleaning; sticky caramel can be a pain to get off poorly-made pans. I love using the 1.5-Quart Saucepan from my KitchenAid® Stainless Steel 10-Piece Set to make this caramel because it doesn’t scoot around on the stove, and all I need to do to remove the caramel is fill the 1.5-Quart Saucepan with hot water.
All you need to do is place a cup of white sugar into the 1.5-Quart Saucepan and set it over medium heat.
After ten minutes or so, the sugar will begin to melt. Use a spatula to scrape up the melted sugar and allow the rest of the sugar to get a chance to melt.
It will turn all clumpy, and then after a while those clumps will melt into something very beautiful.
Boil the caramel mixture until it is a deep amber color, then carefully whisk a cup of water into the 1.5-Quart Saucepan to form a syrup. I recommend wearing oven mitts for this job because hot sugar can be painful if it splatters.
Allow the syrup to cool before transferring it to an airtight jar.
Those jars look so delicious!
Once the bourbon is done infusing, strain out the apples and cinnamon sticks and transfer the infusion into flasks (I used two 8.5-ounce hermetic glass flasks). If you want, you can also transfer the soaked cinnamon sticks into the flasks.
Depending on how sweet you want the final product to be, transfer between two and four tablespoons of caramel syrup into each flask. You may want to start with less, give it a taste, and add more as needed.
You’ll have caramel syrup leftover, so stash it next to your coffee pot and enjoy some caramel coffee in the morning.
There you have it!
You can serve the bourbon at room temperature for sipping, or stash it in the freezer for later.
Either way, I recommend a pretty granny smith apple slice as a garnish.
I like to serve this either at room temperature for sipping, or chilled as a shot. Truth me told, I’ve also enjoyed quite a bit of it as a room temperature shot, but we’re not here to judge.
You can, of course, use this bourbon in a cocktail. I’ll love you forever if you make me an apple bourbon old fashioned.
Here’s the Recipe!
You can make this a caramel apple whiskey cocktail recipe by using non-bourbon whiskey in the recipe. Yield: Serving Size: Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258|Total Fat: 0g|Saturated Fat: 0g|Trans Fat: 0g|Unsaturated Fat: 0g|Cholesterol: 0mg|Sodium: 20mg|Carbohydrates: 41g|Fiber: 2g|Sugar: 39g|Protein: 0g|
You can make this a caramel apple whiskey cocktail recipe by using non-bourbon whiskey in the recipe.
Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.
October 4, 2016 | Last Updated on October 25, 2021 by Linda