Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

Hot Apple Pie Cocktail Recipe

The Spruce 

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
310 Calories
2g Fat
48g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 310
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 48mg 239%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 161mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The hot apple pie cocktail is delicious, easy, and it's one that you'll likely find yourself coming back to often. This warm apple cider drink makes a perfect fall cocktail and deserves to be at all of your cool weather parties.

The recipe is a simple way to spike hot apple cider. It includes Tuaca, an Italian liqueur with deep roots and a wonderful citrus and vanilla hint. When that is combined with the cider, it is very comforting and soothing.

“The Hot Apple Pie Cocktail is as delicious as it is easy to make. With just two ingredients plus some whipped cream and a cinnamon stick garnish, you’ll have a seasonal drink for fall parties that everyone will enjoy.” —Joan Velush

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A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 2 ounces Tuaca Liqueur

  • 1/2 cup hot apple cider

  • Whipped cream, for garnish

  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Pour the Tuaca in an Irish coffee glass.

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  3. Fill with hot apple cider.

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  4. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Serve and enjoy.

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  • Be sure to warm your glass to ensure your drink is hot to the last drop. It's very easy and worth the time. You can either pour hot water from your teapot into the glass and let it sit for a few minutes or heat the water-filled glass in the microwave for 10 seconds or so.
  • Fresh whipped cream is easy to make or you can go the easiest route and use canned whipped cream.
  • The cinnamon stick will infuse a little spice into the drink as you sip. It also doubles as a stir stick.

Recipe Variations

  • Add cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves to give this drink some autumn spice flavors. You can add these to the cider while heating it up. Strain out the spices before making the drink.
  • Tuaca is unique among vanilla liqueurs and many others, such as Galliano, also have their own herbal blends behind the vanilla flavor. Not every one will work out, but try other vanilla liqueurs in the hot apple pie to see what you think.
  • Vanilla-flavored vodka and butterscotch liqueur are good substitutes for Tuaca as well.
  • Give this drink a boost with an extra shot of liquor. Good choices are rye or bourbon whiskeys and aged or dark rums. For an additional hint of fruit, try pear brandy.
  • You can easily make a nonalcoholic variation for younger family members or those who prefer not to drink. Simply replace the alcohol with a few drops of vanilla extract or make a vanilla simple syrup to sweeten the cider.

How Strong Is a Hot Apple Pie?

You can make this drink as strong as you like, it's all going to depend on how much cider you pour. Let's assume that you add 4 ounces of cider to the glass. In this instance, the hot apple pie would have an alcohol content of about 11 percent ABV (22 proof). It is a relatively gentle drink and a nice, soothing sipper.