Apple cider bourbon cocktails are perfect for fall. Fresh apple cider is readily available and bourbon is its perfect match. With a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon, this apple cider and bourbon drink will be your new fall favorite.
Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail
calling all bourbon lovers!
If you are a bourbon drinker, you probably already realize that it paired beautifully with apple cider. There are no shortage of apple cider bourbon combinations from libations to food. That’s because it tastes fantastic. It’s no secret, bourbon has a bit of sweetness to it. It also has notes of vanilla and caramel. It has spice as well, usually nutmeg, cinnamon and sometimes even clove. Do those sound like a familiar combination? If you’ve ever made an apple pie, they probably do! We all know that caramel and apples go together, right? So, if we think about the flavor profile of bourbon, it makes sense that it will pair well with apple cider.
Where there’s food, there’s drink
A few months ago I had the good fortune to spend time with family members I haven’t seen in awhile and met some new ones for the first time. Those of us that live far away from the rest of our tribe aren’t able to be a part of each others daily life, so the chance to gather in one place for a few hours is extra special.
We had a lovely afternoon sharing food and stories, laughing and catching up with each other. At times we are all so busy in the day-to-day that we fail to take a few minutes to just say “hi” to people we care about. It was a chance for all of us to do just that and make a few more connections on Facebook, of course!
Connecting over food is a common experience for everyone on every continent, of every color and every religion. It is good for us to acknowledge the commonality that ties us all together instead of focusing on the differences that fracture us. Food is definitely one of those common denominators It is an integral part of almost every celebration from birthdays to weddings, holidays, family gatherings, get-togethers with friends, etc.
And if you happen to be like most of us, where there’s food, there’s drink! One thing I learned about the guys in my family this weekend is their shared feelings toward bourbon. They like it. So, combining fall flavors with a little bourbon was the goal and I think I may have even converted a few.
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What do I need to make this drink?
What food can I serve with this drink for a fall themed dinner?
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For the cocktail
- 1 cup apple cider
- 3 ounces bourbon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
For the cinnamon sugar rim
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Wet rims of 2 old fashioned glasses with lemon juice.
- Combine sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Dip rims of glasses in sugar mixture.
- Combine all ingredients for cocktail in a shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
- Pour evenly into 2 glasses. Cheers!
Add cinnamon sticks, apple slices and lemon zest for garnish
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169 Sodium: 5mg Carbohydrates: 17g Sugar: 15g
I updated this post from 2012, the recipe was great but the photos were not. I hope you enjoy this cocktail!