How to Make Pennsylvania Coal-Cracker Apple Pie Boilo
10 Reasons Why Apple Pie Boilo is a Great Drink
- If you make it right, you won't even know there is alcohol in it.
- It will warm the cockles of your heart on any cold and snowy winter day (night).
- It doesn't cost much to make.
- The recipe is enough to share with several people.
- It's part of Pennsylvania's coal-cracker history.
- You can start a conversation about this punch with "You might be a coal-cracker if......"
- 4 Queens whiskey is cheap.
- It contains lots of fruit (which is good for you).
- You friends will think you are super-smart if you know PA coal-cracker history.
- It makes a great compliment to other apple flavored desserts.
You've Probably Never Heard of Apple Pie Boilo
Have You Ever Heard of Apple Pie Boilo
Unless you live in a North Eastern Pennsylvania or Central Pennsylvani mining town (coal-cracker town), or know someone who does (Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Lehighton, Tamaqua, Hometown, White Haven, Jim Thorpe, etc), you have probably never heard of apple pie boilo. I am here to tell you that you have been missing out on one of the tastiest drinks this side of Heaven.
It isn't to difficult to make, just a little bit time consuming, but trust me (my mother said to never trusht anyone who says "Trust Me), you and your friends will be very happy if you make this delightful libation. This drink is also open to interpretation and experimentation, and everyone that makes it does it a little bit differently. This drink makes a regular appearance at the annual playing of the Lafayette-Lehigh football game (usually the week before Thanksgiving), which is the longest played college football rivalry in America.
Apple pie boilo can be served with warm or cold, and it makes a great tasty treat for football tailgage parties and great holiday drink to go along with all the tasty pies, cakes, and other treats that usually show up around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday tables. It will warm the cockles of your heart (and stomach).
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The History of Apple Pie Boilo
A Brief Tutorial on the History of Apple Pie Boilo
Apple Pie Boilo actually originated in Lithuania and it's original name was "Krupnickas." In it's most basic and original form, boilo contained moonshine, but as time has progressed and this drink has evolved in the coal regions of Pennsylvania, moonshine has been replaced in some recipes by Everclear (which is pretty close to moonshine), but the more tamed down versions contain Four Queens Whiskey. Nearly any boilo recipe that doesn't contain moonshine, will contain Four Queens Whiskey.
In the Pennsylvania coal regions, boilo is of such great importance that every year there are boilo contests, in which makers vie for the title of "Best Boilo Recipe."
"The Annual Pfeiffenberger Boilo Contest is among the most sought after and intense of such contests. Dozens of family boilo recipes are under heavy scrutiny and a series of crucial voting parameters and rounds of taste-testing decide the outright winner. Only one rule applies: No Roeder can win again." Source: WikiPedia
Perhaps this is why apple pie boilo is frequently referred to as the "champagne of the coal region." Of paramount importance is that you should never add the alcohol portion to your boilo recipe when it is being heated or boiled. Add after everything else is done, then when you heat before serving, make sure you DO NOT BOIL the boilo after the alcohol is added, because then you will boil away the alcohol (and your friends will tell you that you are stupid).
You may hear of applie boilo being referred to as Pennsylvania Christmas Punch, Coal Cracker Champagne, Coal Region Nectar, or Coal Cracker Punch. There may even be some other terms used to refer to other boilos, as boilo is not restricted to the apple pie version, there are several other versions too. Some other version are called such names as: Honeyberry Boilo, "Tomata'" Boilo, Blueberry Boilo, and there are probably others as well.
Boilo became a tradion in the coal regions of Pennsylvania as the immigrants who brough the recipes here with them from Lithuania and other Slovak nations, believed that the powerful punch held natural cures for such things as the flu and colds. Modern medicine would probably dispute that fact, but being married to a native Russian, I can tell you for certain that they have a lot of "home remedies," that mos of us Americans would find to be stange and some even "hard-to-swallow." I will not elaborate on that last statement, but anyone who is married to a Russian woman, can probably take a guess as to my meaning.
Step-by-Step Prepartion Instructions
- Add all ingredients except the Whiskey (or Rum)
- Simmer for 2 Hours.
- Cool Overnight
- Filter Out Cinnamon Sticks and Apples
- Add 1 Bottle (750 mL Four Queens Whiskey or 96 Proof Spiced Rum)
- Serve Warm or Cold, But DO NOT BOIL.
- 3 Red Delicious Apples, Optional
- 1 Gallon Apple Cider
- 1/2 Gallon Apple Juice, Concentrate Preferred
- 2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 4 Cinnamon Sticks
- 750 mL Four Queens Whiskey or Spiced Rum
Keep This in Mind When Making Apple Pie Boilo
Important Notes for the Preparation of Apple Pie Boilo
- Prep time includes allowing mixture to sit overnight (8-12 hours).
- Actual time to mix all ingredients together except the whiskey or rum is probably about 45 minutes.
- Always add whiskey or run to the mix after everything has been filtered and cooled down.
- Drink is best served warm on cold days.
- Makes a good companion drink to go with Russia Apple Sharlotka (which I wrote about in a previous Hub).
- Great drink for football tailgate parties, Thankgiving get-togethers, or Christmas/New Year's Holidays. Don't forget the Super Bowl!!!
Many video recipes recommend using EVERCLEAR Whole Grain Alcohol. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND USING EVERCLEAR OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF WHOLE GRAIN ALCOHOL.
Nutrional Information is Estimated
|Serving size: 1 cup|
|Calories from Fat||9|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 1 g||2%|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 50 g||17%|
|Sugar 49 g|
|Fiber 0 g|
|Protein 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 33 mg||1%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
For Non-Alcohol Apple Pie Boilo
What to do to Make Non-Alcohol Apple Pie Boilo
Some people may want to make apple pie boilo that does't contain alcohol. Perhaps because of religious convictions, or because someone in their social group is an alcoholic and they need to keep alcohol consumption out of that person's view, so as not to temp them into falling off the wagon. Whatever the reason may be, there are a variety of ways to replace the 4 Queens Whisky with non-alcohol containing beverages.
Some options are to use 4 cups of gingerale, or Barillo's apple flavored soda (you may have to go to a Mexican or Puerto Rican market for this). You can do some experimenting with other types of juice or soda too, but personally, I would stick with the apple flavors. There is no law that says you HAVE to stick with apple flavors, that is just my own preference. With trial and error, you might even come up with a concoction that suits your taste buds even better.
Keep in mind, that the nutional information is based on the 4 Queens Whiskey version of this drink. If you make the non-alcohol version, the nutrional information will be somewhat different.
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