The crisp tartness of apple cider blends perfectly with the deep smokey flavors of bourbon and bitters in this whiskey cider fall cocktail.
I need to humbly tell you, this is the greatest fall cocktail I have ever had the privilege to sip. If Chuck Norris was a cocktail, he would no doubt be this Whiskey Cider because it kicks butt so much. Fun fact: Chuck Norris doesn’t get hangovers, alcohol gets Chuck Norris… yeah, that doesn’t really make any sense, but most Chuck Norris jokes don’t.
There isn’t a more “fall” drink 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 fall cocktail packs a little more punch and has a greater depth of flavor. It is perfect for sipping on a chilly evening as you take in the colors of the season.
What Alcohol Goes Well with Cider
Whiskey is a perfect pouring partner for apple cider, but bourbon whiskey, in particular, is phenomenal. Bourbon whiskey features deeper, smokier flavor tones than most other varieties of whiskey which really adds a tantalizing depth of flavor to apple cider.
This whiskey cider is more than a blend of apple cider and bourbon whiskey. Though these are the two primary ingredients, they are both highlighted with an additional ingredient to enhance their flavor. A dash a bitters adds greater depth to the bourbon in your glass, and a small squeeze of lemon adds a tart crispness to the cider. I recommend only using a wedge of 1/8 of a lemon. You don’t need a lot of lemon juice, just enough to brighten the flavor.
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.
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- 6 ounces Apple Cider
- 2 ounces Bourbon Whiskey
- 1/8 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.
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