Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail
This Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail with Ginger Beer 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. Occasionally time gets away from me but I’ve had an epiphany. Friday might not have to be the ‘be all and end all’ as long as I still share favorites like this Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail!
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 summer next year I’m anticipating 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!
If you are a bourbon drinker, you can imagine how wonderful it is paired with apple cider. Real apple cider; try to source it if you can. You can use apple juice in a pinch but the cider is a better complement. There are legions of both food and cocktail recipes that contain the combination of bourbon and apple cider, quite simply because the two together are fantastic.
Bourbon has a hint of sweetness to it with notes of vanilla and caramel and it can also have some spice, most often nutmeg, cinnamon and sometimes even clove. Bourbon and apple cider together…it’s not unlike an apple pie! The sweetness of bourbon with caramel notes combined with the tartness of apples makes for a match made in heaven.
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.
I have modified my original recipe just a bit this year; I thought a hint of maple syrup might be good and it was. I keep it light, using between 1/2 and 1 teaspoon depending on the tartness of the cider I’ve used. It’s an option but a good one!
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 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!
More of our Favorite Apple Cider Cocktails!
- Apple Cider Margarita Cocktail
- Gin, Apple Cider and Ginger Beer Cocktail
- Apple Cider Cocktail with Vodka
- Hard Apple Cider Sangria
- Pumpkin Spiced Apple Cider with Rum Cocktail
PIN ‘Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail’
Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail
- 2 ounces Apple Cider chilled
- 1 ounce Bourbon
- ½ to one tsp maple syrup optional
- 2 ounces Ginger Beer chilled
- Apple wedges for garnish
- Combine the cider, bourbon, and maple syrup 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 beer. Stir gently.
- Garnish with an apple wedge and serve.
Rub the edge of the glass with maple syrup or cider, and dip it in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
Proceed according to above directions.
I like apple and I like bourbon, what could be better for a Sunday afternoon?
Won’t it be a little too sweet? It looks nice, but I`m afraid it might be too much for me:)
It’s not too sweet…but cut back or eliminate the maple syrup if you want.
Looks like an awesome combination, interested guys should give it a try!
This is something interesting. Thanks, mate for sharing this wonderful recipe.
I just made this drink and it is SO drinkable and delicious! I upped the bourbon an extra half oz because well, why not :), used the full tsp of maple syrup (yum), and sprinkled a tiny dash of cinnamon on top. Amazing. A definite keeper for the Fall season. Thank you for posting!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it…and yes there are days I could use some extra bourbon too!
The cocktail is awesome looking forward to try it.
Nobody cares about your absolutely banal and worthless narrative. The writing here is like my five year old wrote the blog. Not a single person on the planet gives a single thought to you family. Just post the recipe. Not to mention this is just a basic fall cocktail. You didn’t invent it, or even perfect it. You just used it to get views. What a worthless online resource
Just jump to the recipe, Sheldon. No need to be such a dick.
Thanks Ellie! It takes all kinds and Sheldon is the kind that gets banned, he clearly woke up on the wrong side of the bed! 🙂
Cool then you won’t care that I’m blocking your IP.
Sheldon, you need to look elsewhere for your cocktail recipes if this format upsets you so much. Did the extra 30 seconds it took you to scroll down to the recipe really have that much of an effect on your life? Was it an emergency and the extra 30 seconds caused you to slightly lose your buzz? Get a life.
That’s it Matt…I love you! I sound whiny if I rag at these guys…so I’ll take all the help I can get! 🙂
Sheldon apparently you cannot take the time to read so the extra few seconds to scroll to something that MUST of caught your attention is below you but you had enough time on your hands to diss. There is clearly the option to “Jump to the recipe” at the top of this post. So why not do that, read the recipe, and leave the page without snarky narratives? Bye Bye!!!
She made you click though, you read through all of her writing, and you analyzed her “fall cocktail” enough to deem it derivative. You say all of this like there isn’t a formula that all food blogs follow to allow for monetization of ad space as supported by written content that helps them win the SEO battle. She did her job, give her kudos for that at least.
Thanks Ravi… there are a whole lot of Sheldon’s out there that simply feel they must show all of us they got up on the wrong side of the bed.
I’ll be honest with you too though, I started putting recipes online in 1995 after I gone to work for a cable company and they turned one division into their internet Division and I built an HTML website… practicing on one for myself first which was a recipe website because I love to cook.
Fast forward to Twitter and I realized how many people were doing food blogs so I changed my little HTML website into one and kept it active for fun for several years until about 9 years ago when I moved to the house I’m in now, decided to sell my web business and start blogging full time as a little bit of extra retirement income. But I’m not trying to build the next Food Network or be the next big star so I have the luxury of only making what I feel like making, dishes and drinks that I’ve put together for friends and we all enjoyed. So I’m lucky that I know enough about SEO to do some things correctly but I never make something trying to catch a trend or get a lot of traffic, I make it because we enjoyed it in my house!
This cocktail is one example. I was having a bunch of friends over and wanted to make a signature cocktail and decided to put these ingredients together. Maybe that’s not enough for Sheldon so he should go to a more liquor conscious site where they are way more sophisticated but for me this site is what it was always meant to be, Simply a record of the foods that we loved that I thought others might enjoy as well. That I am able to create some retirement income at the same time is a bonus but it’s not my focus!
Can this be served warm? Looking for a hot cocktail to make for our party.
Of course dear. I’ve put several cocktails with similar ingredients in them in the crock pot and served them warm. In fact some folks can’t taste the alcohol when it’s warm! So warn them. But when it cools, you will know the alcohol hasn’t evaporated, it’s still there.
This cocktail is so delicious! I love the addition of the apple cider.
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Apple Cider + Bourbon = A wonderful recipe. Absolutely loved it.
Good to know, it’s one of my favorites!
Oh wow, this looks amazing! Stunning! Is cider good with bourbon? To die for!
The bourbon and apple cider cocktail is perfect for parties. I’ve had one at a party recently and it was a hit. The recipe is simple, easy to follow, and requires very few ingredients. It’s also super fun to make at home!
It’s one of my favorites…while I consider it a fall cocktail, it’s actually quite refreshing all year long!
love the apple cider combo here
Thank You for sharing the recipe. Feels good to have something special for Sunday evening!!!
Great article. Keep up the good work!
This recipe is life saving!!My boss came today and wanted something to eat as he had little heat of moment with wife. Thanks to you I was able to make him this bourboon apple cocktail.
Good to know it was a lifesaver! One of my favorites too.
I’m Jackson, I’m a chef who loves food, I’m always interested in new foods. Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail is great! I just finished them tonight, taste is great and i had a great dinner with my little family. Thanks for your sharing.
I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed them Jackson. It’s seriously my favorite drink from about the 1st of September all the way through the end of the year.
Greetings from Sutton, Massachusetts.
What a quintessential American combination- cider & bourbon!
I’ll be skipping the ginger beer and combining my Jack Daniels with a ginger-infused cider made by Citizen Cider.
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Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail are awesome! I just finished it last night and the result was unexpected, my wife and daughter both liked it, which made me happy. Thanks for your recipe
Thank you for sharing. It looks so yummy.
This is amazing and delicious recipe of cocktail to make it at home. I really like it. SO easy and quick way to cook, thank you for sharing this wonderful article.
Wow, so easy and tasty apple cocktail recipe to make at home, I really enjoy this reading and great article. Thank you for sharing this article.
I’m looking for some cocktail recipes for this weekend party.
Your recipe seems easy and delicious. I’m going to try it out tonight.
Thank you for your sharing, Barb.
This is a favorite, of myself, and my friends. Hope you enjoy it!
Wow, your recipe is so awesome. I have never known this recipe. Thanks for sharing. I will try to follow your recipe and I hope it looks delicious as your picture. I will share this recipe for my friends and my family. I think they love it too.
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For some reason, I love cooking your recipes. It looks delicious, for sure this Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail is going to be on my table tonight. Thank you, for this simple yet delicious looking recipe. !!
Well I love hearing that; lots of years of practice go into each and every one, I certainly want people to enjoy them!
Nice one, I like the Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail.
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They look so yummy! I am so going to try this
it’s so easy and delicious!
So glad you enjoyed it Emily; it is my absolute favorite bourbon cocktail and my most popular on the blog as soon as we start to see some cooler weather. Fall and apple cider are meant to be married…adding bourbon to the family was perfect!
Looks great! The recipe is quite simple and easy to prepare, added to the menu for this weekend. Hope to enjoy the best Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail with my family. Thanks and have a nice day!
Great recipe! I made it according to your recipe and the taste is great! Everyone in the family likes it, it makes me happy. Thank you
Love hearing that, glad you enjoyed it!
Great guide! thanks you much for sharing, I did it and am waiting for trying it. I hope its taste will be good!
This sounds and looks absolutely divine! Perfect for the holidays or a cozy snow day.
Great guide! I made it according to your recipe and the taste is great! Everyone in the family likes it, it makes me happy. Thank you.
I’m really excited to try this cocktail, bourbon and apples are always so good together!
This is one of my very favorite bourbon cocktails Susan; hope you love it too!
This is a warm and excellent idea and an ideal place to greet close friends.
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My mom loves to enjoy cocktail so much and your recipes give me a lot useful ways to prepare the the party at the end of the weekend. Thank you so much for your sharing.
You are welcome… thank you for visiting!
I like ciders but this type in particular! I think that your recipe is very clear and easy to make – thank you very much for sharing it!
You’re most welcome Amy, it truly is one of my favorite cocktails!
Look yummy! One of my favorite Apple Cider Cocktail, nice to see your guide, easy to follow, will cook this for family this weekend. Thanks you!
This sounds and looks absolutely divine! Perfect for the holidays or a cozy snow day.
Can you use beer other than ginger beer? I have a little question
No, that would not be a good substitute Melissa. Ginger Beer is not really beer at all, it’s a more ‘gingery’ version of ginger ale, so if you need to substitute, try ginger ale or worst case scenario, just a Seven-Up type soda or plain sparkling soda. Even a dry prosecco would work. But no beer. 🙂
I love Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktails, it’s easy to make them. Thanks for your great sharing
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This is so chill if there is a bourbon and apple cinder cocktail at night.
Great cocktail for summer, I will take one, I have bourbon so now finding for apple cider and ginger ale.
For summer tasteful drink, apple cider cocktail. Very refreshing and cooling. My dear friends love this recipe also. Please share more recipe like this. So yummy and easy to prepare. Thank you.
I need it for my party at tonight. Thanks!
How do I make this into a punch. What are the ratios in punch size quantities
2 parts cider, 2 parts ginger ale, 1 part bourbon.
I need it for my party at tonight. Thanks!
You are most welcome!
Just made this now. Tastes likes the holidays.
So glad you enjoyed it…and it really does!
Fantastic! Served it today with Thanksgiving Dinner and it was a huge hit.
Yay…always love hearing about a new convert. Cheers Vera!
Just made one of these and am incredibly happy! This is a perfect drink to spend a good night with friends and is a great addition to any Saturday night table! 🙂 Thanks!
You’re most welcome Elaine; so glad you enjoyed it too!
Ahhhh! My Haroldson apples are ready and I want to thank you so much for this delicious recipe!! I added cinnamon as a topping. I’m thinking a cinnamon sugar glass rim next time!
That sounds like a fun idea Kris. You know what I love for rims? Cake decorating sugars. They are a much larger crystal so especially pretty and really add a fun crunch too. Glad you loved this; it’s truly one of my favorites.
I’m drinking a Dark and Stormy at the moment. Totally different from this, of course, but kinda sorta distant cousins. Particularly if you use ginger beer in this! And I’d definitely vote for ginger beer — love the stuff.
I love the stuff too although it’s still isn’t as widely available so I don’t want anybody to not drink this if they can’t find ginger beer!
Sure, a Dark and Stormy is like a cousin right? Booze, ginger beer and fruit. 🙂
This looks delicious! What a perfect drink to serve at brunch
Thanks for this creative cocktail Barb. It’s a new way to enjoy my regular Apple Cider remedy. You’re awesome!
Thanks John…this is truly one of my favorites so glad you like it too!
With Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, your timing with this cocktail is perfect.
Good…hope you enjoy!
Finding ginger ale here is often difficult but there are truckloads of ginger beer. The Sunshine Coast grows more ginger than just about anywhere else in the world and ginger beer is the go.
We also can’t buy apple cider in the store. I bought some unfiltered apple juice today that I’m reducing to a syrup for a recipe but the juice was sweeter than any cider I’ve ever tasted.
Your cocktail looks very refreshing!
Ginger beer would be fantastic too. Know what I do for apple cider for a cocktail? I put a couple of apples into the food processor or blender and then strain it through cheesecloth; best apple cider ever! So do homemade cider and ginger beer with the bourbon. Divine I tell ya. 🙂
Being from a southern family that would find any excuse to find clever ways to drink bourbon ;-P … I’ve heard this called everything from a Missouri Mule (play off of Moscow mules especially if served in chilled copper mugs) to Apple Jack to a Tennessee Kicker … if you want to zip this up a bit … the comments about finding a good ‘ginger ale’ … I would suggest any good ‘ginger beer’ (more ginger less corn syrup) also add a dash of Angostura bitters and a dash of lime juice and garnish with a bit of mint. If you want to get really fancy Add your ingredients … apple cider, angostura bitter, lime juice and a teaspoon of confectioners sugar to a shaker with ice … put your bourbon in the glass, shake well (the sugar will add a sweet froth to the top of your cocktail) pour enough to fill your cocktail glass halfway up then add a dash of the ginger beer for carbonation and ginger flavor and then top the drink off with the rest so it’s got a nice foamy top. Garnish as you wish, I prefer the preceding garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice but the apple slice is nice as well. Enjoy.
Those changes all sound great but then it’s a totally different cocktail isn’t it? I love that this one is simple with readily available ingredients especially when I’m serving a crowd.
I do love ginger beer but even in a city the size of Denver it’s another trip to a specialty store. I have a lot of readers that can’t even find it! A shame isn’t it…it’s definitely got the ginger kick a cocktail like this benefits from.
That’s a shame about ginger beer … Stolichnaya has their own brand that many liquor stores carry, especially now that the Moscow Mule has made a trendy comeback. Crabbie’s is the only one I know of that is an actual ginger beer (brewed and alcoholic) most are not … Reed’s ‘Extra’ Ginger beer should be a good substitute and I have found it at Marczyk’s when picking up food on the way thru town from the airport to skiing as well as a couple of markets up at Breckenridge and around Vail (can’t remember which ones). Crabbies shouldn’t be too difficult to find I live in Minneapolis where our liquor store laws are a bit repressive (ie closed on Sunday’s and by 10 PM weekdays and are required to be in separate stores not in supermarkets, etc) and it is readily available in liquor stores here around town. You just have to remember to pick it up while getting your bourbon. Your point is still an important one IMHO in that it makes a difference when making a cocktail to use a ginger beer or ginger brew over regular ginger ale. As for the other being a different cocktail well sure … variety is the spice of life but then again grandma never mixed her bourbon with anything other than the hard cider too 😀 I’m thinking of having one later today in fact! LOL
Fever Tree has a very good ginger beer and ginger ale.
I’ve not seen that Kevin; I’ll have to keep my eyes open. I’m totally sold on ginger beer though and happy it’s being sold at more and more locations. I used to have to travel to a Cost Plus World Market…guess it was considered exotic? 🙂
Always fun to see the return of a good one! 🙂 Thanks.
I made this cocktail last Thanksgiving but used Ginger Beer instead of Ginger Ale. Delicious!
That would be good; for the longest time I thought Ginger Beer was beer and avoided but now that I know? LOVE it.
Hi Barb! Love this cocktail (although I’m sorry to hear about your car). We serve a cocktail called a Cider Smash every Halloween, which is cider and bourbon, but I really like the idea of adding ginger. We have some fantastic local ginger beer that I think would work well so will be trying this soon!
Hi Barb,I’m back in my hemisphere now (it’s 3.30am here – jet lag strikes) and I love the sound of this one, even though it’s spring here, but have a few questions for you.
Is the apple cider you have used in this an alcoholic one, or simply unfiltered apple juice?
What is the difference between ginger ale and ginger beer – I think they’re pretty much the same down here?
And is the type of bourbon you used important, or would JD do?
Non alcoholic apple cider. We call the alcohol version Hard Cider. I found this site with info on difference but for me? The Ginger Beer is a bit stronger. I like it but it’s not at the grocery so I just used plain old ginger ale last night. I actually prefer something with a bit more ginger taste so might try the beer next time.
Amy bourbon you have is perfect! 🙂
Oh yesssss! This looks sooooo amazing! I love cider…. cider with bourbon? To die for!
My thoughts exactly!
I love all the components of this cocktail and am ready for some balmy fall days!
We’ve had such a wonderful summer I would easily go straight to spring if possible but balmy fall sounds good. It’s just that winter business that follows; at least for those of us who know winter. I’ll come stay with you. 🙂
I am all about making apple stuff for the fall. This looks so good!
Me too and thank you!
Lovely! I so enjoy these fall cocktails, and I bet this one is a dream. Cheers!
Love the flavour combination! How delicious!
This cocktail is as close to perfect as it can get. 🙂 Cider, ginger ale, bourbon…yeppers, this is delicious! It was almost 100 degrees here but your cocktail helped me daydream that Autumn weather just might get here eventually. 🙂 I am hoping Sonic will let me buy a bag of their ice the next time I am there…love those ice pellets!
I know! They get me hooked during winter and then say ‘no, no’ during summer. So not fair but I’ll be by there today…need my Sonic ice! 🙂
This cocktail sounds fabulous! I’m not a bourbon drinker at all either, but this I would drink. Maybe even two.
I have a friend who is also ‘not a bourbon drinker’ Katherine who has in fact enjoyed some of my cocktails. It’s using a light hand that counts and then it a wonderful, sweet, rich presence!
I love seeing the Autumn dishes and drinks. It’s not quite summer here so I’m able to take advantage of clever ideas for a few weeks yet. This drink is a winner.
We have this teeny window huh…so hope you partake and enjoy!
Good drink, and I love the combo of bourbon and apples. Dark rum and apples works, too. Sorry about your car. We don’t drive often, so I’m wondering a bit about our battery. But I do have one of those charger thingies you plug in the wall, so one hopes we can at least get it started if it dies.
Who knew that not using it as much was bad and with my ‘new’ sort of car last week that was the death knell as it sat for 8 days without being used. I have AAA and friends with batteries but it was the $100 I cried over. 🙂
This is so going down is weekend! Love it! Thanks for another great cocktail Barb!
We will have a neighbours barbecue party next weekend and this seems like a perfect drink to serve, cheap but also very strong enough to make you want to party hard! I was wondering how long ahead can I make this drink because I need to plan ahead and the party in 7 days.
You can combine the bourbon and cider a couple of days ahead of time but you’ll have to wait until you serve it to include the ginger ale or it will lose the fizz!
Thanks for the helpful post!
This was delish….great change from usual glass of white wine.
So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for taking the time to comment…knowing people are making my recipes and enjoying them? Well, that’s what it’s all about!
Oh my dear me…. this looks like exactly what I need in my life!
I made this for an event night, as a special cocktail, only I used Martinelli’s sparkling cider. Mixed it all together in the parts you have in the recipe, in a shaker with some ice, and then poured it over ice with a lemon twist. Went over big!
Great idea Rina including the twist. The apple slice is cute but to get them? Maybe 4 max from each apple? Lemon twist would be pretty and just a bit more realistic for a crowd!
Great cocktail, Barb. I have good friends who are bourbon freaks. The last couple of times, I just let them help themselves to bourbon on the rocks. NEXT time, I’m making them drink something “seasonally relevant” like this.
I prefer cider over juice. More depth!!
Yum! It’s not Friday, but I could really use one of these right now. Looks fabulous for fall!
It’s a keeper Jen…and I think I could use one right about now too and it’s hours after you said the same. You know…an elixir to help me sleep!
This looks so good! Perfect for sipping in front of a crackling fire. Now I just need a fireplace 😉
I have a fireplace; guess it means hopping on a plane. I have the rooms too. BB could have a B&B if she wanted to!
Barb this sounds fantastic!
Thanks Winnie…I love it’s both easy and fantastic and so perfect for fall.
Perfect autumnal cocktail 🙂 Off to find something for your link up party~
Thanks for participating Liz…I plan to do one each Friday and welcome your drinks and appetizers!
This looks yummy, yummy, yummy. I do love the mellow flavor of cider, and bourbon would be the liquor to accent its flavor. Going to have to try this.
Hey, if I get that car, we can take a thermos. 🙂
Oooh, I could certainly use one of these right about now! Looks wonderful
Absolutely the perfect fall cocktail! I just love it. Thanks for hosting again this week! Such fun.
The ginger ale really is a great idea. Hooray for fall. I saw y’alls front coming in the other day. I hope it comes here soon!
Not sure what your criteria is for Happy Hour Friday, but I’ve added a Washington Apple Martini from last year. I write an occasional Thirsty Thursday post. Your apple cider and bourbon cocktail looks delicious!
My criteria is pretty simple…I don’t care what the date is so much as that it’s a season addition to the list…so your addition is perfect. Certainly visit after any of your Thirty Thursday and add it…cocktail or appetizer!
Mmhm, I’d totally go for this! Love love Cider!
Thanks Nelly…fresh apple cider is so good I could have easily finished off that half gallon in one day I think. Glad I saved it for a cocktail or two.
Beautiful cocktail, Barbara. Of course, you know I’d use Jim Beam in it 🙂
I would expect nothing less. I like Jim too. 🙂
This looks amazing. Would you consider posting the recipe at Everything2.com? We’re running a quest for autumn-themed write-ups right now and your cocktail would be a wonderful addition!
I really hope I can find a bottle of Makers Mark tomorrow!
What a lovely recipe Barb and the photos of the apples are just beautiful!
Have a lovely weekend…
Thanks Mona…I squirrel the Maker’s Mark away for real drinks like this. I love how smooth it is and can not deny, I love their bottle too.
Love this Happy Hour Fridays Barb. Great, fun initiative!! & Yay I did have a lone cocktail on my site maybe a reason to start drinking now! 🙂
Glad you could join me Shulie…and don’t forget you can add an appetizer too. We need something to eat with our cocktails!
love the apple cider combo here :). welcome to our #applelove bloghop!
We had our first taste of fall this week – RAIN!! It was just a teaser though – supposed to get back up towards 80 this weekend (sigh…). This to me is the perfect fall cocktail – it has a short list of ingredients and embodies everything I LOVE about fall!! One of these days, hope we will get to enjoy one of these cocktails together in person!!
The temps have dropped today and we are getting SNOW! Not much but still…snow. Brrrrr!! And yes, one day, sipping together has to be on the agenda.
You are right that somehow bourbon and apple cider just scream autumn!! Which is, of course, my favorite season. I miss american apple cider! This drink looks so delicious… and would so work at an apple-picking or pumpkin carving party, wouldn’t it?
Would be perfect! You know…apple cider is not all that hard to make…you should try it and then of course call it ‘French Apple Cider’ and we would all presume it has some magical quality to it like we do all things French.
You are going to have to write a book on these beautiful cocktails you are creating, if not for the stunning photographs alone! Another great drink Barb and again, so beautifully photographed.
Thanks Paula…someone else said the same to me on Twitter and I must say…that might be a book I could wrap my arms around. I would be sloshed everyday though from trials!
This looks so inviting and refreshing!
Barb: We’re hosting an apple blog hop. Come and share your recipe with us: http://bakerstreet.tv/2011/10/01/apple-blog-hop-cream-cheese-apple-tart/
Mmm, love the addition of ginger ale. I also love hot cider with Captain Morgan this time of year.
With the cold and snow of this morning…I think I could do your hot version for breakfast!
Oh this one is right up my alley. I’ll definitely be giving it a try.
Cheers Deb! Just find good ginger ale; most of the stuff in cans is almost indistinguishable from 7-up; you really want that bit of ginger in there.
I just woke up, but this has got me looking forward to the end of the day.
It was an experiment that had a great finish…loved the cocktail.
A wonderful cocktail!