• 1.75 liters of vodka
  • 6 gala apples
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks

A few weeks ago, my friends and I met at Hersh’s Pizza in Federal Hill (hershspizza.com) for happy hour.  They have a great assortment of thin crust pizzas with a number of unique toppings.  Arugula and pistachio? Not a combination I would have ever thought of, but it was delicious.

There were also a number of great deals on drinks during happy hour.  I started off with the apple cobbler cocktail.  The drink was delicious, the star of the drink was the homemade apple infused vodka.  In fact, I liked it so much, that I decided to make my own. I started with a 1.75 liter bottle of vodka.  You don’t need something top of the line, just an average ($15-$20) vodka will do.  You’re going to need one or two large containers to hold your infusion while it sits.

Slice up 6 gala apples, discarding the cores and seeds.  Add those apples to your container.  Now add in 3-4 whole cinnamon sticks.  They sell these in most supermarkets, or you can save a ton of money by getting them on Amazon.  Now pour your vodka in the container, and give it a good stir. Store the mixture in a cool dark place for 5-7 days, or until it reaches your desired flavor, remember to give it a shake or stir daily.  The apples will oxidize and turn brown, and change the color of the vodka, this is normal and ok. After your infusion is to your liking, strain the infusion through a metal sieve, and discard cinnamon and apples.  If you don’t have a sieve, you could use cheesecloth, or probably even a coffee filter.

Be creative and try out different cocktails with your new infused vodka.  Store vodka in an airtight container as you would any other liquor.

I brought a huge bottle of this to our holiday party and came back with an empty bottle!