Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

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Hot Apple Pie cocktail is one of my favorite cool-weather drinks! Lightly spiced and sweetened hot apple cider, served with a shot of Calvados and freshly whipped cream. hot apple pie cocktail

What is a Hot Apple Pie Cocktail?

This cocktail recipe for Hot Apple Pie, is one of the specialty drinks that we served at a restaurant I worked at in the mid-80s. It was only available during the fall and winter months. It’s the most delicious hot apple cider cocktail! It’s like a slice of apple pie in a mug! In addition to apple cider, the bartender stirred in a mixture of brown sugar and spices and then serve it with a shot of Calvados on the side. (This post was originally published on September 18th, 2013 and has been updated to contain nutritional information. As an Amazon Affiliate, I receive commission on qualifying purchases)

Brown sugar and spices close up

What is Calvados?

Calvados is a liqueur made from apples and sometimes pears. When the apple cider is distilled once, it contains 28%-30% alcohol. When twice distilled, it’s about 40% alcohol. The origin of Calvados is the province of Normandy. French dishes with apples are referred to as “a la Normande”. The French, follow strict guidelines when it comes to naming French products. The Appellation d’origine contrôlée, or AOC, ensures that the production comes from a certain region and contains a certain percentage of apples from Normandy. (wikipedia) One of my favorite autumn dishes using Calvados and apples is Porc a la Normande.

Pork loin with apples.
Porc a la Normande is another dish that uses Calvados.

Do you have to use Calvados in a Hot Apple Pie?

This is the recipe and method our restaurant used to serve their hot apple cider cocktail. I have seen other recipes which use Tuaca, bourbon, brandy, or rum. In addition to Calvados and Grand Marnier, brandy is one of my favorite liqueurs to have on hand to make a quick pan sauce.

Can you make a Hot Apple Pie without alcohol?

Yes! I made this for my girls when they were younger and just omitted the alcohol. Stir in some of the brown sugar spice mixture into hot apple cider and top with fresh whipped cream.

Hot apple pie cocktail without whipped cream
You can serve it without whipped cream too!

Can you make a larger batch of Hot Apple Pie for a party?

If you choose to make Hot Apple Pie cocktails for a party, you can double or triple the recipe. Mix the brown sugar and spice mixture into the hot cider and serve in a heat-proof thermos or jug. Top with shot of Calvados just before serving.

Autumn, my favorite season by far! Maybe it’s the snap of the cool, crisp air or the scent of wood burning fires that quickens my step and livens my spirit! If I had my way, I’d fling open every window and door in the house and let in Autumn! This hot apple cider cocktail just feels like autumn.

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Hot apple pie cocktail

Hot Apple Pie cocktail

Hot apple cider with brown sugar and apple pie spices. Spiked with a shot of Calvados
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Beverage, Cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 291 kcal



  • Soften butter. Add brown sugar and spices, blend well.
  • Heat apple cider or juice in a small sauce pan until very hot.
  • In each mug, add 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar and spice mixture. Pour hot cider into each mug.
  • Top with shot of Calvados,(Tuaca or brandy) and freshly whipped cream


Serving: 1gCalories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 11mgPotassium: 185mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 412IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I love Calvados liqueur and I adore freshly whipped cream so what’s not to love! Can’t wait for it to cool down to have drinks like this again!

  2. I just printed this! How perfect for a cold night, sitting outside. Hopefully without wildfire smoke… Are you sure calvados is a liqueur? It seems too strong to be in that category to me – maybe just a liquor? Not sure. I’m no alcohol expert!

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