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behind the bar: lara ferroni’s apple pie cocktail with cinnamon meringue

by Kristina Gill

Apple season is upon us!  My daydreaming will soon begin to meander toward all the many different ways I can consume apples.  My favorite way is on a flaky crust in the form of an apple pie.  This week, photographer Lara Ferroni shares a cocktail version of the apple pie, with cinnamon meringueIf I can find some good apple cider here in Rome, you can bet I will try this!  –Kristina

About Lara: Lara Ferroni is a food writer, photographer and egg fanatic who lives in Portland, Oregon. She is also the author (and photographer) of Doughnuts and Real Snacks, and regularly shoots for Imbibe Magazine and Epicurious.com. Her newest book, Put an Egg on It is a book all about eggs. Visit her blog, www.laraferroni.com.  Lara’s recipe for chocolate coconut caramel cookies which appeared on the ITKW column last year has been pinned over 69,000 times on pinterest!  See the recipe in our archives.

See what ingredient makes Lara’s cocktail special after the jump!



Apple Pie Cocktail with Cinnamon Meringue

Makes 2 cocktails

4 ounces good quality bourbon
12 ounces apple cider or juice
juice from 1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg white
1/4 cup granulated sugar

In a shaker or large glass, mix together the bourbon, apple cider, lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and vanilla. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, add the egg white and beat the egg whites to a thick froth. While continuing to whisk, stream in the sugar, and continue to whisk until the meringue becomes glossy and holds a peak. Add the remaining cinnamon, and whisk to incorporate.

Add ice to the bourbon mixture and stir or shake well to chill. Split between two glasses (I used rocks glasses, but this would be beautiful in a coupe as well).

Top with the meringue, either by dolloping or piping onto the top of the drink (it will float!) If desired, give it a little torch to lightly brown the meringue.


Why Lara loves this recipe

This bourbon-spiked apple cider cocktail is perfect for a fall evening (even better with freshly pressed apple juice!). It’s great on it’s own, but what really makes it special is a dollop of cinnamon meringue on top. This cinnamon meringue is so
irresistible, you’ll be happy that it makes a bit more than is needed for the cocktails.


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  • I’ll definitely have to give this a shot, I’m a sucker for apple pie flavoured cocktails. One of my favourites is zubrowka vodka, cloudy apple juice and a dash of angostura bitters. So simple and so tasty.

  • Just discovered your site from this gorgeous drink on Pinterest! This has got to be the most amazing-looking drink ever! That little cinnamon meringue makes it just perfect! Can’t wait to try-thanks! :)

  • How far in advance could I make the meringue? I’m using this as a welcome cocktail for my dinner party but would like to have the meringue done ahead of time.

  • Don’t you need to cook the egg white? Meringue is cooked egg white. It would be easy to make ahead of time .