Hot Piece of Apple Cocktail

Hot Piece of Apple Cocktail
Hot Piece of Apple Cocktail

Maryse Chevriere

This comforting winter weather cocktail tastes like a warm slice of apple pie — that is, if you like your apple pie spiked with mulled wine, dark rum, and Grand Marnier. (I know I do.)


For the apple poaching liquid:

  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon star anise
  • 6-8 gala apples, peeled, cored, and quartered

For the cocktail:

  • 3 ounces apple poaching liquid
  • 1 ½ ounces dark rum
  • ¼ ounce Grand Marnier
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sprig of fresh rosemary, for garnish
  • 1 cinnamon stick, for garnish


For the apple poaching liquid:

Add the red wine, water, and sugar to a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, then add in the cinnamon stick, star anise, and apple slices. Simmer liquid for an additional 8 minutes, then remove from heat and strain the liquid into a separate container.

For the cocktail:

Combine the poaching liquid, dark rum, Grand Marinier, and salt in a serving glass. Stir with the sprig of fresh rosemary, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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