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Apple Cider Whiskey Cocktail

Apple Cider Whiskey is an easy, festive cocktail full of fall flavors. This drink will make a splash at any holiday occasion or can be a quiet compliment to a cozy night in. Made in just five minutes with a few simple ingredients, this apple cider cocktail blends the tart crispness of apples with the smooth smokiness of bourbon.

Keep this recipe on hand this holiday season!

A glass cup with orange liquid and an apple slice garnish.

Why this cocktail will be a hit all holiday season!

  • Are you a fall drink junkie?… Starbucks spiced apple cider anyone? If you look forward to coffee fall flavors, I guarantee you’ll love this apple cider cocktail!
  • It looks impressive but is actually quick and easy! This delicious apple cider cocktail takes just 5 minutes to make. Mix your ingredients, give it a shake, pour, and garnish with a sweet apple slice and fresh thyme.
  • It’s perfect for any holiday gathering. Really, ANY of them! Thanksgiving dinner? Check. Christmas cocktail hour? Got it. By the end of the year, this will be your signature drink for all your family and friends!
  • Just embrace the fall flavors! It doesn’t get more *cozy-blanket-fuzzy-slippers-autumn-leaves-falling* than this drink. Take 5 minutes, make yourself an apple cider cocktail with your favorite whiskey or bourbon, and let yourself really, truly welcome in the fall season.

Two glass cubs, one glass mason jar, two candles, one apple, cinnamon sticks, a bottle of Bullet bourbon, and a bottle of apple cider

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 fl oz whiskey or bourbon
  • 2 fl oz apple cider
  • Dash of citrus bitters
  • Ginger beer or ginger ale, to top
  • Apple slices, for garnish
  • Thyme, for garnish

How to make the Apple Cider Whiskey Cocktail:

  1. Mix your shots! Add whiskey or bourbon (whichever you prefer! I like to use Bulleit Rye Whiskey), apple cider, and bitters to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Pro tip: Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with ice FIRST so the shaker gets cold, then add the rest of your shots!
  2. Shake it! Shake for 10-20 seconds — don’t shortchange your shake! It’s important AND fun. Then strain the cocktail into a coupe or low ball glass and top with ginger beer.
  3. Love it! Now, before you enjoy, remember to garnish your glass with an apple slice and fresh thyme! Take a picture, appreciate the beauty of your apple cider cocktail, and enjoy.

A glass cup with orange liquid and an apple slice garnish.

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Apple Cider Whiskey Cocktail

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Cocktail Shaker

Description

Apple Cider Whiskey is an easy, festive cocktail full of fall flavors. This drink will make a splash at any holiday occasion or can be a quiet compliment to a cozy night in. Made in just five minutes with a few simple ingredients, this apple cider cocktail blends the tart crispness of apples with the smooth smokiness of bourbon.


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Ingredients

2 fl oz whiskey or bourbon

2 fl oz apple cider

Dash of citrus bitters

Ginger beer or ginger ale, to top

Apple slices, for garnish

Thyme, for garnish


Instructions

  1. Add whiskey or bourbon, apple cider, and bitters to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake for 10-20 seconds and strain into a coupe or low ball glass.
  3. Top with ginger beer, garnish, and enjoy!

Keywords: apple, apple cider, apple cider cocktail, fall cocktail, cocktail recipe, whiskey, bourbon, apple cider whiskey

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