Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Lake Tahoe AleWorX’s (Stateline) Hot Apple Pie
One of the largest components of Tahoe’s nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin.
In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.
If ever there were a month that should be National Pie Month, it should be November. Thanksgiving and fall are synonymous with pie so how the hell did February get the gig?
I’m protesting, starting with this cocktail right here — because there’s no better representation for pie in a glass than this drink, at this time of the year.
First: the ingredients. Tahoe Blue vodka, Tuaca, apple cider, cinnamon and whipped cream.
Second: the smell. Yup, just like you’d think, smells like an apple pie – maybe one that’s walking a little sideways after a night on the town, but still apple pie-y. Just don’t take it for a real apple pie and go all “American Pie” on it… I’ll leave that right there.
Third: the taste. Here’s where it gets interesting. Yes, as the name might suggest, it’s a hot drink. But before you pass hot drinks off as something only to drink before it’s nighty-night time, hear me out.
The vodka here lets all the other folks do their thing, but does the heavy lifting for the booze, which makes for a great partnership. The cinnamon and apple cider are as perfect a pairing as Noah and Allie from “The Notebook” – but you already knew that, right? Either way, it’s surprisingly light and smooth.
The Tuaca is the kicker. Its brandy, vanilla and citrus characteristics give it a little more edge than your every day all American apple pie.
I guess if you really wanted to, you could treat this as a nightcap. But it’s probably more like a night sombrero – it’s bigger and ready to party.
Maybe instead of eating pie after Thanksgiving this year, you throw one of these down. Or do both and compare notes. By that time the family’s well liquored up and will have no right to judge.
Lake Tahoe AleWorX’s Stateline restaurant and bar is located at 31 U.S. 50, Suite 105, and is open from 11–2 a.m. daily. Learn more at http://www.laketahoealeworx.com or on Facebook (@laketahoealeworx).