I have a new favorite thing - apple chips. It started when I first saw this recipe on Shutterbean and now I'm obsessed. I purchased apple chips on my old favorite thing, Farmigo, for the recipe but they were expensive. Delicious, but expensive. So, like all expensive things, I decided to make my own.
There have been a lot of apple chips coming out of the oven. Slice apples on a mandolin, 3 for crispy, 4 for chewy, and bake on a lightly oiled pan for about 90-120 minutes at 250 F. Flip over half way through cooking and check every 20 minutes or so to ensure they are drying and not browning. Let cool completely and then store in an airtight container.
They are an incredibly satisfying treat; sweet, crunchy, and an easy snack. Not to mention how fabulous they are when infused with whiskey. Or how lovely whiskey is when infused with apples. And spice. Always spice.
Now you have a delightful, flavorful liquor at the ready for cocktails. I like mine mixed with cranberry juice. But I'm sure it would be great with apple cider, made into a hot toddy, or with ginger ale. It's cocktail time!
Apple Spice Whiskey
Adapted from Shutterbean
Yield - 12 ounces
14 ounces rye whiskey
1 cup dried apples
1 cinnamon stick broken into two pieces
2 pimentos, whole
4 cloves, whole
2 star anise, whole
Add all the ingredients to a 16-ounce mason jar. Store in a cool dark place for 3-7 days, shaking once a day.
When finished, strain the liquid into a clean jar.
I enjoyed my cocktail 2 parts apple spice whiskey to 1 part cranberry juice over ice. I bet it would also be great with plain seltzer or ginger beer!
Don’t throw away those apples!
PS - The spice bottles are from my grandparent's house. I cleaned them and painted on chalkboard paint and then wrote the spices on them. I love how it looks!