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Cider Cocktail – The Clove and Cider Bourbon

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Last Updated on February 6, 2022 by The Noms

A beautiful fall cider and bourbon cocktail with fall spices, it’s a cider cocktail perfect for celebrating!


Fall is one of our favorite times of the year, the cool crisp days and brilliant colored leaves and evenings around the fire pit! These events lend themselves to lots of treats and drinks with warm baking spices and fall fruits fresh out of the orchards. The flavors of fall make for some great drinks, so when the folks at Drizly asked us to come up with a cocktail for fall, we jumped at the chance to explore a cider cocktail that would embrace those fall flavors.


Cider and Bourbon

We came up with this great bourbon cocktail we call the Clove and Cider.


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The Clove and Cider Cocktail in cocktail coupe with cinnamon, bourbon bottle and flowers in background

Cinnamon Sticks / Culinary Torch


What is Drizly?

As cocktail bloggers, we think the folks at Drizly have a pretty cool concept! Because you don’t even need to leave your house to get wine, beer or spirits! Have a hankering for our Clove and Cider? Pull up Drizly or the Drizly app and order your the ingredients! If you live in one of their ever expanding delivery areas (30+ major cities), in about an hour, you will have all your drinking needs delivered right to your door!



This is a pretty fantastic concept, and when combined with Drizly’s focus on providing their customer incredible service, we were really excited to get to partner with the folks at Drizly!


The Clove and Cider Cocktail in coupe with cinnamon sticks, bourbon bottle, jigger, lemon and flowers

Coupes (ours is vintage) / Jigger


What Fall Cocktail Should We Make?

For our Clove and Cider, we wanted to make a cocktail that showcased the flavors of fall. One of our favorite fall flavors is apple cider. This is especially true because we live just a short trip from some incredible apple orchards that make some fantastic ciders. We had recently taken a trip down to the orchards and came home with a nice sweet and tart apple cider.


With apple cider as our base, we wanted to find something that would pair up and enhance our cider.


The Clove and Cider Cocktail in cocktail coupe. Metal container, cinnamon sticks, lemon, flowers and jigger in background.

Mixing Glass / Slate Cutting Board


Bourbon In a Fall Cocktail is Perfect

We figured that a good Kentucky Bourbon would be delicious partner to the apple cider, and with us recently becoming fans of the nice Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon (available on Drizly!). When we came up with our Peach and Basil Bourbon Shrub, we got ourselves another bottle and started mixing. Four Roses is a blend of four different recipes which results in bourbon that is full of caramel and oak with a nice spicy finish. We figured the caramel notes would pair up with the sweet tart apple cider.


Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon also has a great flavor profile that works really well with some of those warm baking spices. Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, all of which work really well with apples.


The Clove and Cider Cocktail in cocktail coupe, cinnamon sticks, lemon and flowers in background


We wanted to add in a hint of baking spice, so we made a clove infused syrup to add spice and sweetness. The clove syrup worked really well with the apple cider and the vanilla notes of the bourbon. We wanted a little more complexity, so we added a splash of amaro (also available on Drizly!). This brought a deep rich herbal and spice character to the Clove and Cider that really created the feeling of a crisp fall day.


The Clove and Cider Cocktail being smoked with lit cinnamon. Flowers, lemon and jigger in background


What Ingredients are Needed for the Cider Cocktail?

  • Clove Simple Syrup
    • Cloves
    • Sugar
    • Water
  • Clove and Cider Cocktail
    • Clove Simple Syrup
    • Lemon Juice
    • Amaro
    • Bourbon
    • Apple Cider


To add a bit of flair and flavor, we smoked the glass with a smoldering cinnamon stick. The smoke from the cinnamon stick perfumes the glass and gives the drink a flavor that reminded us of a the smell of a cold crisp fall evening around a fire pit. We used the smoldering cinnamon stick as a really unique garnish, and kept the tip of the stick smoldering, so that the smoke lazily drifted up.


The cinnamon smoke also pairs really well with the apple cider, bourbon and amaro. It added an aromatic quality to the drink that engages multiple senses, making the Clove and Cider more than just a taste experience!


The Clove and Cider Cocktail glass being smoked with burning cinnamon. Flowers, lemon, and jigger in background


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We think the Clove and Cider will be your next favorite fall cocktail that you can enjoy with friends around your fire pit! Cheers!


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The Clove and Cider Cocktail - orange cocktail in coupe with cinnamon stick. Lemon, jigger, metal container and orange flowers in backgorund
Yield: 1

The Clove and Cider - A Bourbon Cocktail

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

A fall flavored cocktail with cloves and apple cider, this is perfect for the weather!


Clove and Cider Cocktail

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce Amaro
  • 2.50 ounces apple cider
  • .75 ounce clove simple syrup
  • .25 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

Clove Simple Syrup

  • 2 Tablespoons whole cloves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


For the Cocktail

Use a culinary torch or lighter to light the end of a cinnamon stick so it smolders/smokes.

Place a cocktail glass upside down over the smoldering cinnamon stick and allow the smoke to fill the glass.

In a mixing glass, add ingredients with ice and stir for 30 seconds until fully chilled.

Strain the liquid into the smoked glass.

Garnish with the cinnamon stick.


Clove Simple Syrup

Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan.

Remove from the heat.

Add cloves and allow to steep until cool.

Strain and store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 341Total Fat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 37.5gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 19.1gProtein: 0.1g

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Clove and Cider Cocktail, brown cocktail in coupe with charred cinnamon stick. Autumn flowers in background


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Tuesday 11th of October 2016

I love all your cocktails that you post regularly.

Adaleta Avdić

Monday 10th of October 2016

I would love one of those right about now! I really enjoy all the photos, because this is one of those recipes I am MUCH more likely to make based on the photo and how thirsty I get starting at it for a few mins ;) xx Adaleta Avdic


Monday 10th of October 2016

Omg can we say yum?!?! I will have to give your cocktail a try!

Chrissa - Physical Kitchness

Monday 10th of October 2016

WOAH! This is fancy!! I don't have Amaro and home but I have everything else. Hmmm need to make a trip to the liquor store. PS loved seeing your instagram pic of your photo set up!


Monday 10th of October 2016

This looks so neat! I normally drink my bourbon neat but I need to expans my horizons.

The 'Noms.

Monday 10th of October 2016

Give this a try, a good cocktail can take a great spirit and make it even better! Cheers!

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