How Do I Make Apple Brandy at Home?

Made from white or red wine and usually aged for several years in oak barrels, brandy can be flavored with various fruit juices. In particular, apple brandy is made from apple cider and white wine. The two main types of apple brandy are Calvados and applejack. If you have leftover apples, you can make your own version of apple brandy. You can enjoy apple brandy as a dessert drink or use it to flavor sweet and savory dishes.

Step 1

Combine the apples, water and cinnamon sticks in the saucepan.

Step 2

Cover the saucepan and cook the ingredients for 10 minutes over medium heat.

Step 3

Add the sugar to the mixture and stir until all of the sugar is dissolved.

Step 4

Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool.

Step 5

Pour the apple mixture into a airtight glass container, and add the brandy and wine.

Step 6

Store the apple brandy mixture in a dark, cool place for three weeks. Shake the container every three days throughout the three weeks.

Step 7

Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth and pour the strained brandy into a glass bottle. Cover the bottle tightly.

Step 8

Store the brandy in a dark, cool place for another two weeks before you drink it.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups red apples, chopped

  • 2 tbsp. water

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • Saucepan

  • 2-1/2 cups sugar

  • 3 cups white wine

  • 2 cups brandy

  • Airtight glass container

  • Cheesecloth

  • Glass bottle

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