The crisp tartness of apple cider blends perfectly with the deep smokey flavors of bourbon and bitters in this whiskey cider cocktail.
There isn't a drink more closely associated with the fall season than apple cider, so it made sense to feature it in a fall cocktail. You've had hard cider in the past, I'm sure. This apple cider cocktail packs a little more punch and has a greater depth of flavor. It is perfect for sipping on chilly nights as you take in the colors of the season.
What is it?
This whiskey cider cocktail is more than a blend of fresh apple cider and bourbon whiskey. Although these are the two primary ingredients, they are both highlighted with a dash of bitters to enhance their flavor with added depth, while a squeeze of lemon highlights the crisp tartness of the cider.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Apple Cider - Store-bought apple cider works well in this cocktail, however, if you really want to go all out, check out my Homemade Apple Cider recipe. You could substitute apple juice, but the flavor won't be as deep.
- Bourbon Whiskey - The deep smoky flavor of bourbon is my recommended choice, but you can also use rye whiskey, Irish whiskey, or your favorite whiskey.
- Lemon - If you don't have a fresh lemon use a teaspoon of lemon juice.
How to make it
To make this apple cider bourbon cocktail, add the apple cider, whiskey bourbon, fresh lemon juice, and a dash of bitters to a cocktail glass and stir.
Serve immediately with an apple slice and cinnamon stick for garnish.
This cozy cocktail recipe can also be enjoyed warm.
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- 6 ounces Apple Cider
- 2 ounces Bourbon Whiskey
- ⅛ Lemon
- 1 dash Bitters
- Pour whiskey into a cocktail glass, with apple cider. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and bitters, then stir.
- Optional: Add a cinnamon stick to each glass.
This recipe was originally published on October 18, 2018.