We were lucky enough to receive a little care package from our friends at Nova Marketing and Hiram Walker to help ease us into fall. One of the items in that care package was the Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur. Since it’s close to Halloween, I will put it out there that it would be perfect for Halloween. Imagine the number of apple drinks you can whip up.
The Caramel Apple Liqueur is a member of the little discussed liqueur/schnapps family. I personally think that liqueurs and schnapps aren’t much discussed because people fear them and don’t really know what to do with them. However, my Midwestern upbringing taught me to not fear the schnapps. I enjoy them! I like drinking them straight, mixed in a cocktail or added as a shot to a hot beverage. Despite how uncool it is to say this (at least as far as the cocktail cognizati go), I am still a huge fan of the Apple Martini and drink them with semi-regularity. So, I am pretty excited that I can now easily have a Caramel Apple Martini.
The Caramel Apple Liqueur is a medium minus golden color. On the nose, the liqueur has a medium minus intensity of candied apple, yellow delicious and caramel (like the caramels that you get wrapped up in the bag). On the palate, the liqueur has a soft, viscous feel with a nice mouth quality (this will work well in the texture of the drink) and imparts a flavor of candied apple, sweet red apple, caramel and a hint of butterscotch. No alcohol burn (even when drinking it straight and it clocks in around 30 Proof). Well integrated flavors without being cloying sweet or appearing overly artificial. It’s good.
Try this drink in a Caramel Apple Liqueur as a substitute for Apple Pucker in the Apple Martini. If you aren’t a fan of Apple Martinis, try one of these cocktails that stars the Caramel Apple Liqueur: