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Easy Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 11, 2023 by Leah Hall

  A great bourbon apple cider cocktail that is warm and full of maple and citrus flavors! A great sipper!


Consider making this cozy cocktail when you’re in need of some hygge.  Have you heard of hygge (pronounced hu-gah)?  It’s the Danish word for coziness, and how they get through the cold, dark winter months: roaring fires, fuzzy sweaters, warm cider, lighting candles, playing games with friends and family, we talk about it when we went to the Danish Table in Iowa. We absolutely love that there’s a word for this concept. Especially this year. Because we will be spending more time outside, so will need to stay warm and cozy any way that we can to stay healthy and safe.


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Usually when cold season hits we reach for bourbon. (We have a LOT of fall cider and bourbon cocktails) Because alcohol kills germs, right?! Out current seasonal sipping situation is some sort of warm, spiced apple cider hot toddy. Even if the germ killing is debatable, it will warm you up, and taste great while doing so!


Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

This bourbon apple cider cocktail is one of our favorite cold weather drinks. Especially during the fall when apples are in abundance. It just doesn’t feel like fall until we’ve had our first taste of apple cider. And, we keep that going all winter long if we can!


This is also a great cocktail to make for groups because it can be made as one large batch, and even be kept in the slow cooker to stay warm. So, if you’re planning a group outside event, a dinner around the fire pit, or just want something to get into the spirit of the season, then give this easy bourbon apple cider cocktail is a great recipe to try, with 6 simple ingredients.

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We encourage you to use fresh pressed apple cider and not apple juice. Fresh apple cider should be a little cloudy and taste like you are eating fresh apples right from the tree.


There are few things more quintessentially fall than hot apple cider to us, and spiking it with bourbon, just makes it more festive! We have ladled into our travel mugs for trick or treating or other outside adventures!

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail, in tea cup, topped with whipped cream and cinnamon

What Should I Spike Apple Cider With?

Obviously the name gave it away. Bourbon. The flavor of bourbon compliments the sweetness of the cider perfectly!


If you’re not a bourbon fan or don’t have any, this is also great with spiced rum. But, we would use less maple syrup if rum was used, since the cider will make the rum a bit sweeter than the bourbon.


We would stay away from clear liquors like vodka or gin because you really need the flavors that dark liquor brings to make this cocktail have all those great fall flavors!

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail, in tea cup, topped with whipped cream and cinnamon

Can I make this in the slow cooker?

Yes! In fact, we think that is the best way to keep a large batch of bourbon apple cider cocktails warm for a crowd. Pour everything except the whipped cream and cinnamon into your slow cooker and set it to low. Just multiply the amount you need by how many people you will have. Plus, it will stay warm all evening. Just ladle into a mug and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

How To Make This Easy Bourbon Cocktail

This recipe is easy and will give you those fall vibes. It can be thrown together in minutes, and warming almost as fast. (Fastest on the stove) So, if you get in the mood for a warm cocktail this season, you will sure want to keep everything on hand to make this bourbon apple cider cocktail.


If you never tried this combination, I’ll tell you something for sure: the strong fruity taste of the apple cider, the warming effect of the bourbon, the sweet maple syrup and cinnamon, they are the perfect way to celebrate seasons transition.

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail, in tea cup, topped with whipped cream and cinnamon

Looking for More Bourbon Cocktail Ideas?

This Apple Cider Old Fashioned is a fresh alternative that also works great for fall, and this Clove and Cider Bourbon Cocktail is festive enough for the winter holidays. You can also add a splash of quality bourbon into your Maple Syrup Kentucky Mule to warm up!


Use of Maple Syrup

We sweetened this cocktail with pure maple syrup because, duh! Maple and cider are flavor BFFs. And then you add bourbon to that? It’s gold, pure gold.


We hope you try this combo out, and enjoy sipping on these to stay warm all winter long.




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Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail, in tea cup, topped with whipped cream and cinnamon
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Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This bourbon apple cider cocktail is a great hot cocktail for keeping warm on those chilly winter nights!


  • 1.50 ounces bourbon
  • 2.50 ounces apple cider
  • .50 ounce lemon juice
  • .50 ounce maple syrup
  • whipped cream and cinnamon


  1. Combine apple cider, lemon juice and maple syrup in a small saucepan, or in a slow cooker if you are making a batch.
  2. Let warm to steaming or slightly simmering. Take off of direct heat if on stove. Add bourbon.
  3. Turn down heat on slow cooker to warm.
  4. Stir and then ladle into heat proof mugs. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  5. Cheers!

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: .2gSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 18.1gFiber: .1gSugar: 16.1gProtein: .2g

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