Apple Strudel

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Being of German origin, this fragrance makes me feel nostalgic.     I am talking about the kind of nostalgia that was my grandmother’s house where songs were still song in German and the pastries were hand made from family recipes that were never written down, but still survived for generations.


I love good old American apple pie. It is delicious. But, have you ever enjoyed a German Apple Strudel?   The crisp flakey crust, the tender warm apples, sweet plump raisins, bathed in brown sugar and spiced with a hearty measure of cinnamon and vanilla.   The memory of this masterpiece baking in the oven is good enough to last a life time.


So, in honor of those afternoons waiting in Grandma’s kitchen for that heavenly treat to be baked and ready to enjoy, I found myself searching my stash of favorite things to serve this pastry and cocktail. I dug out my mother’s company silverware and her Depression glass desert stems. Grandma’s pastry server and plates and this cute retro tray and vintage tea towel that called my name while shopping one day.

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The cocktail has all of the delicious tastes of the original pastry. Turns out it is just as enjoyable to sip this treat as it is to eat it.   It is especially enjoyable f you can add a piece of Apple Strudel fresh from the oven.

Apple Strudel Martini
  • 2 ounces sour apple vodka
  • 1 ounce apple pucker
  • 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce cinnamon simple syrup
  • Sugar and cinnamon for rimming

  • Cinnamon Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Cover and remove from heat. Allow to cool. Strain out cinnamon stick. Place in covered jar and refrigerate.
  1. Combine the sugar and cinnamon. Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass and dip in sugar mixture. Chill.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice. Add the vodka, apple pucker, schnapps and simple syrup. Shake until very cold. Pour into chilled glass. Garnish with an apple slice.

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But, as I was creating the recipe the late summer weather had a bit of a nip in the air, so I could not leave this project without including a cold weather version. It is warm and comforting straight from the microwave.

Hot Apple Strudel
  • 2 ounces coconut rum
  • 4 ounces fresh apple cider
  • Apple slices and cinnamon stick for garnish
  1. Pour the rum and cider into a microwave proof mug. Microwave for 1-1/2 minutes or until war. Garnish with cinnamon stick and fresh apple slice.


My mother always enjoyed a piece of sharp cheddar cheese with her apple pastries. I think I will keep that tradition alive and include that next time I feel nostalgic. A nice sharp chunk of cheddar and a fresh apple slice would make a great garnish.   Oh yes, I think another round of cocktails will be necessary.