Hot Apple Pie Cider Cocktail

Hot Apple Pie Cocktail Recipe

The Spruce 

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
145 Calories
0g Fat
28g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 145
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Protein 7g
Calcium 89mg 7%
*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.

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.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Hot Apple Pie Cocktail Recipe
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  2. Pour the Tuaca in an Irish coffee glass.

    Hot Apple Pie Cocktail Recipe
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  3. Fill with hot apple cider.

    Hot Apple Pie Cocktail Recipe
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  4. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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  5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • You can easily make a non-alcoholic variation for younger family members or those who prefer. Simply replace the alcohol with a few drops of vanilla extract.
  • Add fresh cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves to add some autumn spices to your drink.
  • Vanilla-flavored vodka or butterscotch liqueurs are good substitutes for Tuaca.


Tuaca liqueur had its origins 500 years ago. It was concocted to honor Lorenzo the Magnificent of the powerful Medici family in Florence, Italy. The liqueur has a brandy base from brandy distilled in Anagni, east of Rome. The Medici family grew a wide variety of citrus on their Villa di Castello estate outside of Florence. However, it is impossible that vanilla was in the original recipe since it is native to Mexico and Lorenzo died the year that Columbus landed in the New World.

The recipe was lost over time but two brothers-in-law claimed to have rediscovered it in 1938. Gaetano Tuoni and Giorgio Canepa named it using a combination of their two surnames. Originally it was called Brandy Milk and then Tuoca. The mild, sweet liqueur was popular with American soldiers during World War II but was not imported in quantity to the U.S. until the 1960s. At that time the name was Americanized to Tuaca.