In my search for recipes for apple week with The Novel Bakers I ran across Autumn Flavor-Infused Bourbon.
Apple Pie-Infused Bourbon and a variation, Orange, Clove, and Cranberry-Infused Bourbon were in the food gift section of Southern Living Magazine. The fruit steeps for 4 days resulting an autumn infusion of flavor for a specialty bourbon you can give as a hostess gift or enjoy to mix cocktails for the holidays!
Apple Pie-Infused Bourbon
1 Golden Delicious apple, chopped
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 ( 750 milliliter) bottle bourbon
*1/4 cup Simple Syrup
* For Simple Syrup: Combine 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Boil 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and cool 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
1. Place first 3 ingredients in a 1-qt. canning jar. Add bourbon; cover with metal lid, and screw on band. Let bourbon stand at room temperature 4 days.
2. Shake jar to distribute flavors. Pour bourbon mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a pitcher, discarding solids. Stir in Simple Syrup, and pour into a clean 1-qt. canning jar or 3 to 4 small bottles. Cover and store in refrigerator up to 2 months.
For Orange, Clove, and Cranberry-Infused Bourbon:
Place 2 (2-inch) orange rind strips, 8 whole cloves, and 1 cup lightly crushed fresh or frozen cranberries in a 1-qt. canning jar. Add bourbon; cover with metal lid, and screw on band. Let bourbon stand at room temperature 4 days. Proceed with recipe as directed in Step 2.