30 Proof / 15% alcohol
Suggested Retail Price: $10 to $14 range depending on location
Color: Light gold with pumpkin orange highlights
Aroma: Smells like a caramel apple; go figure. Apple notes – white flesh of Honey Crisp apple with faint tartness of Granny Smith apple. Caramel is light rather than overly honeyed. Reminds of silky smooth caramel found in center of gooey caramel covered chocolate candies.
Tasted Neat: Extremely sweet. Almost like straight flavored melted sugar. Lots of apple notes. No burn. Just sweetness of apple. No tart or zing. More honey overlaying the caramel inclusion.
Mouth Feel: Thin
Comparable Spirit: My first thought was Mother’s Apple Pie liqueur, but this isn’t exactly like that. Something close.
Possible Uses, Pairings and / or Cocktails: Definitely for mixing. Might be nice with whiskey and hot tea for a warmed winter drink. Caramel Apple cocktail martini style for sure. Pairs nicely with cranberry juice.
The Big Apple
2 ounces Bourbon or Whiskey
3/4 ounce Caramel Apple Liqueur
1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth
3 dashes Classic Bitters
Maraschino Cherry Garnish
Combine liquids in mixing glass. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass or strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with maraschino cherry.
Review sample courtesy representatives of Hiram Walker