These Caramel Apple Pie Shots taste like Fall in a glass! These alcoholic shots are made with whiskey, apple cider and caramel and served up in a “crust”-rimmed glass for a special touch!
Apple cider, whiskey and caramel are the trio that make this the ultimate Fall shot. As far as boozy drinks go, these shots are super easy to make and not at all that hard to drink either (responsibly, of course)!
I have never been one for shots- especially ones that taste too boozy. My goal in making these shots was to create a drink that had sweet elements without completely masking the taste of whiskey. This caramel apple pie shot recipe does just that. You get equal parts whiskey and apple cider which definitely helps take the edge off. Add a little caramel and it definitely becomes a dessert-ish shot. I even added a little “pie crust” rim to up the dessert element in these shots.
While apple cider is often associated with the Fall season, these shots are perfect through the winter months too. For us, they will definitely make an appearance for holiday parties. Be sure to save this recipe for all the upcoming holiday parties as it will definitely come into good use!
What are apple pie shots made of?
Apple pie shots comprise of apple cider mixed with equal parts liquor. This recipe for apple pie shots uses whiskey but if you are not a fan of whiskey, you can substitute a different liquor such as vodka. I personally love the peaty flavors that whiskey lends to this drink. It adds warmth to this cold-weather drink. Be sure to use a good-tasting whiskey though for the best results.
My caramel apple pie shot recipe also includes caramel for a deeper flavor that goes well with both the whiskey and apple cider. Apples and caramel are like BFFs and so these apple pie shots are a delicious way to fuse those delicious flavors together in the form of an alcoholic drink!
How to make Caramel Apple Pie Shots
To start, I rimmed my glasses to add a crust element to the apple pie shots. This is completely optional but adds a nice element to the shot. It makes them feel extra special (especially if you are serving these up at a holiday party)!
Because it isn’t easy to make a pie crust just for the purpose of crumbling and rimming the shot glasses, you can use cookie crumbs or graham cracker crumbs for it. That’s what I did. But if you are baking up a pie, don’t throw out those pie scraps! Instead, bake them up on a cookie sheet and then crumble them for this recipe!
To rim the glass, first, I pour caramel in a small dish and the graham or cookie crumbs in a second small dish. Dip the shot glass rim in the caramel sauce, shaking off the excess. Then dip it into the crumbs.
That’s it for rimming your shot glasses!
Next, I make the super simple shots. You can multiply the ingredients based on how many servings you need. I pour equal parts whiskey and apple cider into a cocktail shaker with a little bit of caramel sauce.
I used 2 oz shot glasses so for one serving I use 1 oz of whisky, 1 oz of apple cider and a teaspoon of caramel sauce.
Shake them all up together and then pour into it all into the shot glasses. Voila! These super simple, super delicious caramel apple pie shots are ready to serve!
I hope you enjoy these at your next party. Remember to enjoy them responsibly, of course!
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If you try and enjoy this recipe, I would love to hear about it! Leave a rating and/or comment below to let me know what you think!
Caramel Apple Pie Shots
- 1 oz whiskey
- 1 oz apple cider
- 1 teaspoon caramel syrup
Optional Shot Glass Rim:
- graham crumbs or cookie crumbs (or crumbled pie crust)
- If you are doing the optional glass rim, pour caramel in a small dish and the graham or cookie crumbs in a second small dish. First dip your shot glass rim in the caramel sauce, shaking off the excess. Then dip it into the crumbs.
- In a cocktail shaker or jar with a secure lid, add the whiskey, apple cider, and caramel and shake to combine. Pour into the shot glasses.