This Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail is the perfect Fall libation; plus it’s so easy and delicious!
It’s been six years since I started doing a cocktail each and every Friday and I’ve been pretty determined to keep on task. I’ve had nights when it was midnight before a post was completed and/or I got myself up at the crack of dawn to do the same. Sometimes the time just gets away from me and sometimes it’s the light but this year I had an epiphany.
While I want to keep to a schedule, sometimes it just gets the best of me and this year, Spring and Summer gardening projects have been the culprit that waylaid my schedule and I quit fighting it.
This won’t be the case every year but I desperately wanted to get some major projects completed and look forward to a summer next year that will allow for less work and more play. I left such a beautiful yard when I moved here in 2014; I still whine about it a bit. But while whining I’ve also been hard at work creating an ambiance here; this summer was the ‘Year of the Deck.’
I know I shared this photo before but can I just tell you how much I love this space? Every single meal; right here. I’ve doubled my outdoor space with a whole new section with an outdoor sofa but it’s this space with my grill and table that gets the most use and was worth all the hard work to get it done. Peyton and Spot love it too…finding shade is everything in Colorado!
So I’m rebooting this cocktail from half a dozen years ago but honestly, this Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail is one of my all time favorites and many readers missed it during the first go around. It’s simple, not too heavy and just about the perfect cocktail for Fall. New photos don’t hurt; I’ve learned so much in the half a dozen years since this was first published!
I love using apple cider for cocktails; especially since realizing how amazingly easy it is to make (and how amazingly good homemade is to drink!). I made this Apple Cider Bellini too; not just perfect for a Fall brunch…I think they are a fantastic cocktail for Thanksgiving festivities!
If you’re not into making your own cider and live in the Denver/Boulder area, I’ve had some great cider from YaYa Farm & Orchard in Longmont, Colorado. If you want to find an orchard near you for apples or cider, check out the Orange Pippin online directory.
Apple cider is really just raw, unfiltered apple juice that has not gone through any filtration to remove the course particles of pulp or sediment like the juice has. In a commercial cider mill, apples are washed, cut and ground into a mash the consistency of applesauce.
The mash is then usually wrapped in cloth and put through wooden racks of a press where the layers are squeezed and the juice is pressed out and put into refrigerated tanks before being bottled. Typically it is not pasteurized like apple juice either so it has a much shorter shelf life…and for me a much more robust flavor.
For all of the cocktails I’ve enjoyed lately with cider, this one is still my favorite. It could not be easier to prepare and the combination of flavors is spot on. The tartness of cider combined with the sweetness of bourbon all complemented with some sparkling ginger ale (or ginger beer) is really pretty perfect.
When I had a ‘Girls Nite In’ at my house for some new neighbors the first Fall I lived here, I made this the featured drink. Amy, my neighbor across the street hesitated because she professed to not liking bourbon. I convinced her to at least give it a taste and as a result of her leap of faith, I started her on a journey of discovery and now I’ve got a convert; it’s all about not being heavy handed with this elixir of the Gods!
I think Fall is finally showing itself in Colorado so this is perfect. We’ve been having late summer temps to rival those in July but today it’s cooler and only 68 degrees outside. You know when the world starts to herald the advent of Fall with many proclaiming it their favorite season I don’t get it and maybe today is a good reminder of why.
Fall in Colorado can be fickle and it seems that just when temps start to become more moderate our first snowstorm follows shortly thereafter. We might have a season called ‘Fallish’ but it’s just too short and my lamenting the ending of Summer is because winter is just right around the corner. So today, with the breeze and coolness in the air I’ll enjoy this brief moment in time with this absolutely perfect Fall libation and you need to join me.
If Amy likes it…betting you will too! Plus…want more Apple Cider Cocktails? I’ve got you covered!
PIN ‘Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail’
- 2 ounces Apple Cider, chilled
- 1 ounce Bourbon
- 2 ounces Ginger Ale, chilled - I recommend finding a good Ginger Ale or even Ginger Beer...one that really has an evident taste of ginger.
- Apple slices for garnish
- Combine the cider and bourbon in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until very cold (if serving a crowd, combine these two ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Strain mixture into an ice filled glass and top with the chilled ginger ale. Stir gently.
- Garnish with an apple slice and serve.
About that apple slice.
I love the cute star shape in the center as much as the next guy but for practicality sake, well, you have to get to the center of the apple. I don't advise wasting most of the apple for that effect. Simply use a small star cookie cutter for the other slices.
Amount Per Serving Calories 483