Apple Pie on the Rocks

Before I get into this spicy, cool beverage I would like to talk a little bit about my Thanksgiving. This year was a little different from most, because the group was smaller and my Dad and I met my sister and her boyfriend out in Lake Havasu to have it. This meant that I needed to cook some things beforehand, bring some ingredients and not make as big of portions (oops, on that last one).

I was excited to make my first batch of homemade cranberry sauce, which I changed just slightly from the pancake topping recipe. The addition of some cinnamon, plus vanilla extract and brown sugar instead of white made it perfect! My sister’s S.O. really liked it. Then, as usual, I made the sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, and switched up the veggie side with some roasted Brussels sprouts. Of course, I brought my leftover Stuffed Seitan Roast with me, and it reheated wonderfully! Overall, it was a total success, even if there was a ton of food left afterward.

Although I kept myself occupied most of the day, I got to witness some pretty awesome stuff. I had quite a few friends and readers tell me about how they made dishes either from my blog or the eBook for their families, on Thanksgiving. Not only that, they told me about how successful they were! Like omnivore grandparents pilfering last slices of Pumpkin Coffee Cake, and empty plates of Smoky Pumpkin Mac. I can’t even begin to express how much it means to me that people would make my recipes on what I consider an important food day! I hate to admit it, but it almost brought me to tears at one point. I really love running this blog, but having reminders about why I do it doesn’t hurt.

Some of the recipes made for Thanksgiving!

So, thank you, to all of the people out there that check out my blog. Even if you don’t ever make something, I don’t mind! I just like to show off cool dishes that taste great, and that most importantly are vegan. As much as I love food photography and recipe development, it would be harder for me to do this if there wasn’t an audience. I’m looking forward to making recipes, and cookbooks and taking photos for a long time!

Now, onto the beverage. I was inspired by a drink that I had a few weeks ago that consisted of apple juice, Fireball Whiskey, “Moonshine”, and maybe simple syrup if I remember correctly. I really enjoyed it, but wanted to make my version at home and dress it up a little. That’s how the Apple Pie on the Rocks came to be! It would be awesome if you crumbled up graham crackers and added them to the brown sugar rim, but I didn’t have those on hand.

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Apple Pie on the Rocks
Recipe type: Drink, Beverage
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
A festive, boozy treat that’s spicy, cool and easy-to-make. Apple Pie on the Rocks!
  • 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 oz. Fireball Whiskey
  • 4 oz. Organic Apple Juice
  • Pinch of Ground Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar for the rim (Grind a little finer for more successful sugaring)
  • Optional: Cinnamon Stick for Garnish
  • Ice
  1. Wet the rim of your rocks glass just a little, and gently sugar the rim with the brown sugar.
  2. In a martini shaker, pour the vodka, Fireball, apple juice and ground cinnamon together with a handful of ice cubes.
  3. Shake 10 times and pour the contents into the glass without wiping off the sugar rim.
  4. Serve chilled and with a cinnamon stick, for garnish.

Cheers to the holiday season, everyone!


Filed under Healthy Recipes, Holidays, Sweet Recipes

28 Responses to Apple Pie on the Rocks

  1. Love this and will definitely add this to my list

  2. acookinthemaking

    Oooh I may have to serve these at my holiday party next week! Great to find a new use for Fireball.

  3. I don’t drink but I’m a big fan of apple/cinnamon drinks during colder weather! I love the sugar on the rim too.

    Your Thanksgiving sounds similar to mine in that I tried to make as much before hand as possible and brought ingredients for the rest. I’m really bummed because I totally left my big jar of maple syrup at my sister’s place too :-( And that stuff’s expensive! I brought it for the sweet potatoes. I asked my sister if she had some before coming and she said she only had the pancake syrup stuff…ew.

    It’s so wonderful that you’ve gotten so much positive feedback on blog recipes! You deserve it with all the hard work you put into your food, recipes and grogeous photos! My friend Holly (aka Veganadian aka Traveling Pink Lips) totally popped her seitan-making cherry with your stuffed roast! The vegan blogging community is the best!

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Nooooo! The Maple Syrup!!! But, seriously, I can sympathize with that. Nothing beats the real thing, and you certainly pay for it. Hopefully, your sister starts to like it so that it’s always there when you come over. ;)

      And I saw all of Holly’s posts! I think I even re-grammed one. I was totally in shock at how fast she was with that. She’s awesome! Really, though, I think the Vegan blogging community has introduced me to some of the best people that I know, and I am so grateful for that.

      Thank you for the comment, Ketty! :)

  4. Our Thanksgiving was a little different too, being just the 2 of us this year. I still wanted to go all out for my 2nd vegan thanksgiving and made everything! Ha, we had leftovers until last night and they delish every single day ;) This drink sounds great too btw.

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      I’m ALMOST done with my leftovers. So, I’ve been incorporating sweet potato casserole into my meal in “interesting” ways. But, seriously, I love leftovers! ha ha And thank you, Michelle! :)

  5. Brittany

    I was in Havasu for thanksgiving too

  6. Megs

    Hi! I bartended a few events (one in Havasu!) for Ole Smoky Moonshine! They make an apple pie moonshine that if you mix with fireball tastes just like apple cider. Best thing is you can find the OS moonshine in most grocery or liquor stores. So excited that you liked (some) version!

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      That sounds amazing! I’ve seen Ole Smoky Moonshine, and have been meaning to try it out. Thanks for the tip! :)

  7. lesa

    Redds apple ale and Fireball make an excellent drink , cinnamon apple pie ! This looks tasty too!!

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  9. Could you use Goldschlagger instead of Fireball?

  10. I would be the happiest girl on earth right now if I’d had the Apple Pie on the Rocks at hand. Beautiful photos, Jackie! Same here, had a small Thanksgiving with my bf’s sister and her husband. It was a smaller group, but easier! Happy Holidays!

  11. We need to have a cocktail night!

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  16. dani e

    Found this recipe via pinterest…it totally made my holiday season. I’ve been looking for a great cocktail and you delivered. I had to leave you a note to let you know I appreciate you sharing your recipe!

    -dani e

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      I’m so glad that this recipe worked out so well for you, Dani! Thank you for leaving good feedback! :) Cheers!

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  19. I tried an apple pie drink at a club one time! It was just apple beer with the cinnamon whiskey….soooooo good!

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