Holiday Homemade Apple Brandy

September 18, 2018 (Last Updated: August 14, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

This Homemade Apple Brandy has all sorts of adult holiday comfort in a bottle. Spice up your liquor cabinet with this fun and tasty apple drink.

Apple Brandy Recipe on a platter with a with a white cloth underneat

We are starting to wind down our Apple Pie series and I want to get one more good punch of great apple pie flavor in with an Apple Brandy recipe. This Apple Brandy has all the flavors of apple pie and is a great way to sip on a bit of Christmas. In fact, that is the first thing my wife said when she tried it. “Ohh… that is like sipping on Christmas.” Incidentally, Christmas and Apple Pie share quite a few flavors. This recipe is really easy, a fun little project, and pays dividends in flavor. Enjoy this tasty Homemade Apple Brandy.

What Does This Have To Do With Apple Pie?

Look at the flavors. It shares so many tastes and flavors that go along with Apple Pie. Yes, it has apples. Surprised yet? We also add sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The first is sugar. Apple pie definitely has plenty of sugar. I mean, it is a dessert pie, right? Of course, we want a bit of sweetness with it. The other two ingredients, cinnamon, and nutmeg, are obvious bedfellows with apples and apple pie.

Then, we put booze in it. Ha! This apple pie flavor is perfect for a boozy, adult cocktail.

Don’t Boil The Brandy

We warm the ingredients of this drink, but boiling it can have some adverse side effects. If the liquid starts to boil, we are going to see the alcohol content change for the worse. We want to maintain the alcohol content and mix all the flavors together.

Instead of boiling, make sure everything combines at a nice warm temperature. This will make sure that all of the yummy flavors are infused while protecting the alcohol of our brandy.

How Should I Serve This Drink?

I have been drinking homemade apple brandy cold, but I think it would be a very nice warm drink as well. Just like many people enjoy warmed apple pie, these flavors can be very good as a heated up cocktail. If you are like me and enjoy the drink cold, I would store the container in the refrigerator and then serve it over some ice.

Where Should I Store The Apple Brandy?

We let all the flavors sit at room temperature, so I don’t know why it can’t be stored like that? If you want your apple brandy to start at a cold temperature, keep it in the fridge. This really is a tough drink, so don’t get too caught up in how to store it. I would say that you should use it up within a month or so of completing the recipe. But, that shouldn’t be that hard, right?

Apple Corer cutting Braeburn apple

Apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in saucepan

Simmering Apple Brandy liquid in saucepan

Pouring apple brandy into a glass from a carafe

Carafe of apple brandy on a platter. Two Braeburn apples showing


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Holiday Homemade Apple Brandy

Apple Brandy Recipe on a platter with a with a white cloth underneat

It is like sipping the holidays! This Homemade Apple Brandy is a flavorful spirit that really can get that holiday cheer going. Its apple pie flavor is divine and is a drink that can be served warm or cold. This Apple Brandy really is something special.

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 1 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 Quart 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Warming
  • Cuisine: European


  • 1 apple, cored
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Add all ingredients to a pot.
  2. Warm on low and stir until sugar is melted
  3. Put into a covered container (I use a quart jar) and let sit at room temperature for one week.
  4. (optional) Remove apples after the one week is over and place into serving bottles. I tend to use mason jars for stuff, so I just keep it in there with the apples and drink it up.


If the end product is too thick for your liking either add more brandy (for a stronger drink) or water to taste.

Keywords: apple brandy

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  • Reply
    Caitlyn Erhardt
    September 22, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    I can’t wait to make this for my husband! He is a big brandy fan and will love this!

  • Reply
    Ginny McMeans
    September 22, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Now I call this a treat! I’ll definitely be filling some jars this fall.

  • Reply
    September 22, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Now I call this a treat! I’ll definitely be filling some jars this fall.

  • Reply
    David @ Cooking Chat
    September 22, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Sounds like some great fall flavor! I could be convinced to have this instead of apple pie for dessert!

  • Reply
    September 22, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    This looks like a fabulous winter drink! I’m really craving cold temperatures now!

  • Reply
    September 22, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Looks so comforting and warming – perfect on cold winter days. Pinning!

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    September 27, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Perfect for chilly fall nights. Great drink recipe!

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    Kylee from Kylee Cooks
    September 27, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    What is your favorite kind of apple to use in this? Sweet? Tart?


    • Reply
      September 27, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      Oh jeez, I am not sure what would work best. I did use Braeburn for this drink, but a nice tart apple would work really well.

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    karrie / Tasty Ever After
    November 6, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    I am making this brandy for our Christmas party this year!! Everyone is going to love it and I’ll make extra to give out as gifts. Yay and thanks for sharing!

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    November 11, 2018 at 8:31 am

    What is a good brandy to use for this?

    • Reply
      November 11, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      E&J would be a fine brand to use for a recipe like this.

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    November 13, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Warm or cold, I think this would be wonderful! Perfect for a cold night, which will happen for the first time this weekend! Great for the holidays.

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