Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

I think this Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail is my favorite bourbon cocktail I’ve made to date!  And, for me, you know that’s huge, since I’m typically a vodka fan and rarely drink those darker spirits.

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail with Ginger Cinnamon Sugar RimmerI’m still not a straight up bourbon drinker, don’t think I ever will be.  I’ve made a couple of bourbon drinks here before like a Bourbon Ice Tea and a Bourbon Cocktail made with a honey syrup, both of which I enjoyed. However, I think this bourbon apple cider cocktail may just be my favorite bourbon drink yet.  Originally I was going to make this cocktail in martini form, but for some reason I associate those big huge ice cubes that are popular now with bourbon, and I happened to have a couple of them in my freezer.  So a rocks glass it was. But… in a nod to my martini drinking ways, I rimmed the glass with some cinnamon sugar.  What made the rimmer especially good was that I rubbed the rim first with a piece of ginger, then dipped it in the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Yummy!

After I rimmed the glass, I tossed the piece of ginger (peeled) in a cocktail shaker and muddled it a bit with some ice.  Then I simply added some bourbon, apple cider and a squeeze of lemon.  I also added a splash of simple syrup.  I typically like my drinks a touch of sweetness so you can totally leave that out if you prefer.  I think a bit of honey would work well here instead of simple syrup too.

If you’re looking to branch out and try something a bit different, not vodka based, give this Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail a try.  It’s delicious!  And, a great drink for fall with fresh apple cider.  Cheers!

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Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail


  • 1 piece of fresh ginger, peeled (about a 1" piece will do)
  • 2 shots apple cider
  • 1 shot good bourbon
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • cinnamon/sugar for rimming glass
  • Optional: apple slice and cinnamon stick for garnish


Peel piece of ginger and rub rim of a rocks glass with the ginger. Dip glass rim in a cinnamon/sugar mixture and set aside.

Put ginger in cocktail glass with some ice. Muddle to release ginger flavor.

Add apple cider, bourbon and lemon juice.

Shake well and pour over ice in rocks glass.

Garnish with apple slice and cinnamon stick, if desired

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