Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail Drink

Bourbon Apple Cider

Want a flavorful cocktail for a chilly autumn evening? Try this Bourbon Apple Cider recipe! It’s easy to make and the perfect drink to add warmth to your night.

Bourbon Apple Cider Recipe

Our straightforward Bourbon Apple Cider recipe captures the essence of fall! Enjoy this perfect autumn cocktail's refreshing blend of bourbon, apple cider, and a hint of lemon.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

232 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 3 oz apple Cider
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz Maple syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Apple slice and cinnamon stick, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill a highball glass.
  • Pour ¾ oz Maple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add ¾ oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Add 3 oz apple Cider.
  • Finally, add 2 oz Bourbon to the mix.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, cap it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Fill your highball glass with fresh ice cubes. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture over the ice.
  • Garnish with a thin apple slice and cinnamon stick, and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon on hand, you can substitute rye whiskey or brandy (especially apple brandy). Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well with the apple cider.
  • Apple Cider: If you can't find apple cider, unfiltered and unsweetened apple juice is a good alternative. Depending on the type of juice used, you may want to slightly reduce the amount of Maple syrup in the drink (especially for juices with added sugar).
  • Maple syrup: if you’re out maple syrup, you can replace it with honey syrup (simply mix together 2 parts honey and 1 part hot water, and stir until well combined). You can also use cinnamon syrup or any type of spice syrup (all spice, gingerbread mix, etc.).
  • Lemon Juice: If you run out of lemons, use lime juice instead. It's more tart than lemon juice, so adjust to taste. Although fresh juice is always best, you can use bottled lemon juice for this recipe as well.

Making a Pitcher of Bourbon Apple Cider:

  • To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 24 oz of apple cider, 6 oz of lemon juice, and 6 oz of maple syrup.
  • Combine the bourbon, apple cider, and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Add ice and stir well.
  • Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into highball glasses filled with ice cubes, and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container. It should last for up to 4 days.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Apple cider substitute: Instead of apple cider, use unfiltered apple juice. It's naturally alcohol-free.
  • Follow the original steps using these non-alcoholic substitutes and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This recipe is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. Just check the labels of your ingredients to ensure they're vegan. Some brands of bourbon might use animal products in their processing methods, so make sure that the one you’ll be using is vegan-friendly.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
232
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.2
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Sodium
 
6
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
25
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
21
g
23
%
Potassium
 
157
mg
4
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
31
mg
3
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail Drink

Bourbon Apple Cider Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Our straightforward Bourbon Apple Cider recipe captures the essence of fall! Enjoy this perfect autumn cocktail's refreshing blend of bourbon, apple cider, and a hint of lemon.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 232

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 3 oz apple Cider
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz Maple syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Apple slice and cinnamon stick - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill a highball glass.
  • Pour ¾ oz Maple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add ¾ oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Add 3 oz apple Cider.
  • Finally, add 2 oz Bourbon to the mix.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, cap it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Fill your highball glass with fresh ice cubes. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture over the ice.
  • Garnish with a thin apple slice and cinnamon stick, and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon on hand, you can substitute rye whiskey or brandy (especially apple brandy). Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well with the apple cider.
  • Apple Cider: If you can't find apple cider, unfiltered and unsweetened apple juice is a good alternative. Depending on the type of juice used, you may want to slightly reduce the amount of Maple syrup in the drink (especially for juices with added sugar).
  • Maple syrup: if you’re out maple syrup, you can replace it with honey syrup (simply mix together 2 parts honey and 1 part hot water, and stir until well combined). You can also use cinnamon syrup or any type of spice syrup (all spice, gingerbread mix, etc.).
  • Lemon Juice: If you run out of lemons, use lime juice instead. It's more tart than lemon juice, so adjust to taste. Although fresh juice is always best, you can use bottled lemon juice for this recipe as well.

Making a Pitcher of Bourbon Apple Cider:

  • To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 24 oz of apple cider, 6 oz of lemon juice, and 6 oz of maple syrup.
  • Combine the bourbon, apple cider, and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Add ice and stir well.
  • Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into highball glasses filled with ice cubes, and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container. It should last for up to 4 days.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Apple cider substitute: Instead of apple cider, use unfiltered apple juice. It's naturally alcohol-free.
  • Follow the original steps using these non-alcoholic substitutes and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This recipe is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. Just check the labels of your ingredients to ensure they're vegan. Some brands of bourbon might use animal products in their processing methods, so make sure that the one you’ll be using is vegan-friendly.

What is a Bourbon Apple Cider?

A Bourbon Apple Cider is a whiskey-based cocktail made of bourbon, apple cider, maple syrup and lemon juice and often garnished with a cinnamon stick. This drink is really easy to make as it combines all ingredients in a shaker or pitcher and served over ice. It’s not explicitly known as a variant of another well-known cocktail but shares similarities with other fruit-infused bourbon drinks.

A side shot of a Bourbon Apple Cider cocktail in a highball glass on a wooden board placed on a yellow table surrounded by a shaker, a bar spoon, a white cloth, and 4 apple slices.

What is a Bourbon Apple Cider made of – The ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to put together a Bourbon Apple Cider:

  • Bourbon: This is the cocktail’s base, providing a robust and rich flavor that balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Apple Cider: Adds a sweet and tangy flavor to the cocktail. It also gives it a refreshing, fruity undertone.
  • Lemon Juice: Enhances the flavors of the other ingredients and adds a bit of tartness to balance the sweetness.
  • Maple Syrup: Used to sweeten the cocktail. It blends well with the other ingredients and brings a nice, heartwarming touch to the cocktail.
  • Cinnamon Sticks: Used for garnishing and infusing a warm, spicy flavor into the drink.
  • Apple Slices: Used for garnishing and adding a fresh, crisp element to each sip.

Bourbon, apple cider, fresh lemon juice and maple syrup laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Bourbon Apple Cider?

Discover the simplicity of making a Bourbon Apple Cider using our guide:

1
<p>Fill a highball glass with a generous amount of ice cubes.</p>

Fill a highball glass with a generous amount of ice cubes.

2
<p>Start by pouring ¾ ounce of Maple Syrup into the shaker.</p>

Start by pouring ¾ ounce of Maple Syrup into the shaker.

3
<p>Then, add ¾ ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice.</p>

Then, add ¾ ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

4
<p>Add 3 ounces of apple cider.</p>

Add 3 ounces of apple cider.

5
<p>Finally, pour 2 ounces of bourbon into the shaker as well.</p>

Finally, pour 2 ounces of bourbon into the shaker as well.

6
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Cap it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).</p>

Cap it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).

8
<p>Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture over the ice.</p>

Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture over the ice.

9
<p>Finally, garnish the cocktail first with a thin slice of apple.</p>

Finally, garnish the cocktail first with a thin slice of apple.

10
<p>Then add a cinnamon stick; this not only adds a decorative touch but also enhances the flavors of the drink.</p>

Then add a cinnamon stick; this not only adds a decorative touch but also enhances the flavors of the drink.

Variations

Excited to discover new options? Here are some favorites you might enjoy:

  • Apple Bourbon Smash: This features the tartness of apple cider combined with the rich taste of bourbon, enhanced by the freshness of orange zest and a touch of balsamic vinegar for complexity. The addition of apple butter rounds out the robust, full-bodied flavor. I really appreciate the zesty orange twist; it adds a vibrant and fresh note that really makes this special.
  • Warm Bourbon Apple Cider: Served hot, this blend is perfect for cold evenings, with cinnamon sticks and fresh apple slices steeped in to infuse it with comforting fall spices. The warmth is what I truly love about this; it’s like a cozy embrace in a glass, ideal for a brisk autumn night.
  • Spiced Apple Cider Bourbon: This introduces a medley of autumn spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg, which perfectly complement the sweet apple and deep bourbon flavors. The spices add a delightful kick, evoking the essence of the season with every sip.

A Bourbon Apple Cider cocktail in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Bourbon, apple cider, fresh lemon juice and maple syrup

History and Origin of the Bourbon Apple Cider

Bourbon, a type of American whiskey, was born in the late 18th century in Kentucky. The name ‘bourbon’ supposedly comes from Bourbon County, a large district founded after the American Revolution. Distillers started using corn, abundant in this region, to produce whiskey. This new variant was smoother and sweeter than its rye-based counterparts, quickly gaining popularity. By the 19th century, bourbon had become a staple in American liquor cabinets.

The marriage of bourbon and apple cider (a seasonal and highly popular drink made out of freshly pressed apples) into a cocktail is a recent development. While it’s hard to pinpoint precisely when and where this combination first occurred, it likely emerged during the craft cocktail renaissance of the early 21st century. As mixologists experimented with different ingredients and flavors, they found that bourbon’s sweetness perfectly complemented apple cider’s tartness.

 

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FAQ

How many calories does a Bourbon Apple Cider drink contain?
A standard serving typically contains around 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients and their quantities used in the recipe.
What is the strength of a Bourbon Apple Cider cocktail?
The strength largely depends on the bourbon used. On average, it's about 9% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 18 proof. This makes it a relatively light cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Bourbon Apple Cider drink?
As the name suggests, the primary alcohol used is bourbon whiskey. The choice of bourbon can significantly influence the flavor profile of the cocktail.
In what kind of glass is a Bourbon Apple Cider served?
Traditionally, it's served in a highball glass. These glasses are perfect for this cocktail as they allow ample room for ice and garnishes while also showcasing the beautiful color of the drink.
What does a Bourbon Apple Cider taste like?
The drink offers a delightful blend of flavors. The sweetness and tartness from the apple cider perfectly balance out the robust and smoky notes of the bourbon.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Bourbon Apple Cider?
The typical ratio is 3 parts apple cider to 2 parts bourbon, with lemon juice and maple syrup to taste, but usually in equal parts. This ratio ensures that neither ingredient overpowers the other, resulting in a harmonious blend of flavors.
How is a Bourbon Apple Cider served with ice?
It's usually served over ice or "on the rocks." This serving method helps slightly dilutes the drink, making it smoother and more enjoyable to sip on.
Is Bourbon Apple Cider a seasonal drink?
While the cocktail is particularly popular in the fall due to its warm and comforting flavors, there's no rule against enjoying it year-round. It's a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed whenever you want something sweet and spicy.
Can I use other types of whiskey in a Bourbon Apple Cider?
While bourbon is traditional, you can experiment with other types of whiskey in your drink. Each type will bring its unique flavor profile to the cocktail, so feel free to get creative!

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