Apple Cider Bourbon

Apple Cider Bourbon

As the weather begins to change, it’s nice to welcome fall with a hot toddy, so I thought: what better combination than bourbon and apple cider? Unfortunately, that turned out to be way too sweet and a little disappointing. I have an old book of cocktails from the 1930s that suggested boiling down the apple cider to syrup form before mixing with the bourbon, and that was a good tout. The apple flavor become much more pungent, and a squirt of orange juice keeps it all from becoming too sweet. This is the kind of drink to sip on the back porch, wrapped up in a sweater on a chilly evening. Enjoy!


Apple Cider Bourbon

Prep time: 5 minutes to mix, 30 minutes to make and chill the cider syrup

Serves: 2


  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 4 strips orange zest
  • 3 shots of bourbon
  • 1 shot of orange juice
  • 2 apple slices


  1. Boil down the apple cider and 2 pieces of orange zest at high heat until it’s reduced to one cup.
  2. Strain and chill.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add bourbon, cider syrup and orange juice.
  4. Shake well and pour into glasses.
  5. Garnish with orange zest and apple slices and serve.APPLE CIDER BOURBON on

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