Apple liqueur is the perfect drink to warm up on cold winter days. It tastes like Christmas and Gemütlichkeit (the famous German coziness) and also makes a great quick gift.
With this simple recipe, you can make an incredibly delicious apple liqueur in just a few minutes. You can drink the liqueur both cold and warm. It is especially luscious with topping of heavy whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon.
How Is This Drink Called In German?
Apple liqueur is called "Apfellikör" in German. Apfel is the German word for apple and Likör means liqueur in English.
I prefer to use clear apple juice for this recipe as it will keep a nicer presentation in the bottle. But to be honest it tastes in my opinion even a bit yummier if you use unfiltered apple use.
Freshly squeezed apple juice is of course the best. But store bought high quality apple juice will be perfectly fine too. Just make sure to use 100% apple juice or the liqueur will turn out not flavorful and way too sweet.
I prefer to use cinnamon sticks, but you could add cinnamon powder instead. I would start with about ½ a teaspoon, make a taste test and add more if you prefer a stronger cinnamon flavor.
I usually take the cinnamon sticks out of the mixture but you could add them to the bottles too. It looks very nice in a clear bottle but will intensify the cinnamon flavor over time.
If you don´t like the taste of anise just leave it out, the liqueur will be still very tasty.
Serving Tip: Add a shot of apple liqueur and a few apple slices to your white Glühwein.
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Homemade Apple Liqueur Recipe
Homemade Apple Cinnamon Liqueur
- 32 fl. oz. apple juice
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup cane sugar
- 1 cinnamon sticks
- ½ whole star anise
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 ⅓ cups gold rum
- Add apple juice brown sugar, cane sugar, cinnamon sticks and star anise to a large pot and heat on medium heat.
- Stir occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove the spices and add vanilla extract and rum.
- Mix well and fill into sterilized bottles.
What to Serve With Apple Liqueur?
This amazing little drink is wonderful by itself but even better with a few Christmas cookies or a slice of stollen or strudel.