Friendsgivingspiration: Kräftig Apple Fritters

Shout-out to Isaac Newton. The man literally stared down an apple and discovered gravity. And gravity is apparently pretty important for frying things (who knew, right?). And Americans love frying things. So, basically, Isaac Newton looked at an apple and discovered America. We’re pretty damn thankful for that, all things considered. Without America, Real American Lager would just be Real Lager. And that still sounds delicious, but it just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Anyway, this Friendsgiving, show your appreciation for Kräftig, Isaac Newton, apples, America, and your Constitutional right to fry things with these boozy apple fritters. Everyone who’s tired of the six pumpkin pies will thank you.

Kräftig Apple Fritters


  • 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1⁄2 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2⁄3 cup Kräftig Lager, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced in 1⁄3-inch rings
  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder


 Step 1
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and 3 tablespoons of sugar.

Step 2
In a small bowl, combine the beer, butter, and vanilla. Whisk into the dry ingredients until just combined—do not overmix! Set aside for 30 minutes.

Step 3
Fill a deep skillet with about 2 inches of peanut oil. Heat to 365° F over medium-high heat (you can use a wooden spoon to test oil temperature: insert the handle and bubbles will form around it when the oil is ready).

Step 4
Coat apple slices with batter and carefully drop them into the oil. We recommend frying about 6 at a time. Fry for 3-4 minutes until golden. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining apples. Remove any remaining brown bits in the oil between batches.

Step 5
In a medium bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup sugar and five-spice powder. Toss fritters in spiced sugar. Serve warm.

With the taste of freedom in every bite, these apple fritters are essentially Real American Fritters. Bring ‘em to Friendsgiving and freedom will ring all the way into next Fourth of July.

Adapted from Draft