There are several ways to make an apple pie shot, and each recipe has distinctive ingredients. One popular recipe calls for apple juice, vodka and cinnamon. Another recipe includes Fireball cinnamon whiskey, green apple mixer, pineapple juice and a sour mix.
There are many cocktails, punches and hot alcoholic drinks that combine apple and cinnamon. One example is the Tito's Caramel Apple Cocktail, created by Tito's Vodka. This recipe combines 1 1/2 ounces Tito's caramel vodka, 3/4 ounce pure maple syrup, 1/2 ounce cranberry juice cocktail and 3/4 ounce mulled apple cider. Tito's recommends using real maple syrup, as synthetic varieties create an undesirable chemical aftertaste.
Hot apple pie is a hot variation of the apple pie shot. Each serving consists of Tuaca vanilla liqueur stirred into a mug of hot cider, topped with whipped cream and garnished with a cinnamon stick.
Many apple pie-inspired shots and cocktails call for caramel vodka. Commercial brands, such as Smirnoff and Stolichnaya, offer caramel-flavored vodkas, but this product is also simple to make at home. The process involves chopping 20 caramel cream candies into small pieces, placing them in an empty 750-milliliter bottle, and filling the bottle with plain vodka. The caramels dissolve in the vodka in under one week. This recipe requires premium vodka.