Bourbon, Cranberry, and Warm Apple Cider Cocktail

This Bourbon, Cranberry, and Warm Apple Cider Cocktail with whipped cream is over the top delicious; perfect from Fall through the New Year’s holidays!

Bourbon, Cranberry, and Warm Apple Cider Cocktail

I love this cocktail business and part of the fun is in crafting something that results in the unexpected. This is one terrific example. I was lucky to have the work done for me with this Bourbon, Apple Cider and Cranberry Warm Cocktail recipe created by Manny Hinojosa. I first published this gorgeous drink almost five years ago and I love it so much I thought that revisiting it a must; someone other than me should enjoy it too!

I was game when it was first suggested to me but I have to admit I wasn’t really feeling it. Not like some; I knew when I put together a tequila and Mexican hot chocolate one year that it was going to be fantastic but I feared this would be just a bit too girly and as much as I love the occasional sweet concoction, I know both male and female readers want cocktails, not a kids drink so I do try and showcase libations in that spectrum.

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Bourbon, Cranberry, and Warm Apple Cider Cocktail

I hope that Mr. Hinojosa will accept my apologies for showing trepidation. This was Amazing. Amazeballs. Fabuloso. I mean really, really good.

The combination of apple cider and cranberry was terrific and the bourbon upped the warmth factor to a perfect level. I lightly sugared the whipping cream with brown sugar and the cinnamon sprinkled on top made it all perfect. It’s like fall/winter in a warm mug with a bit of spirit to boot.

I should have known by now to trust the pros. Over the past several years I’ve become far more adventurous with cocktails and this one is such a perfect example of the parts being greater than the sum. Not a fan of eggnog spiked with bourbon but want your own holiday sip while enjoying the fire? Try this Bourbon, Cranberry, and Warm Apple Cider Cocktail; I think you’ll be hooked too!

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Bourbon, Cranberry, and Warm Apple Cider Cocktail

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Calories 300 kcal


  • 1 ½ oz. Bourbon
  • 1 ½ oz. The Perfect Purée Cranberry Puree thawed
  • 5 oz. hot apple cider
  • Whipped cream I used brown sugar in it for this drink and just a bit, better if not overly sweet
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • Apple slice and orange wheel for garnish


  • In a coffee mug, combine apple cider, cranberry puree and bourbon.
  • Stir and top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Garnish with apple slice & orange wheel.


If cranberry puree is not available, use 1 oz cranberry sauce!


Nutrition Facts
Bourbon, Cranberry, and Warm Apple Cider Cocktail
Serving Size
1 grams
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    1. I made this the other night and people swooned…when I see a date from 5 years ago and it’s swoonworthy? It’s time to share again! Happy Holidays for sure. 🙂

  1. I LOVE all things cranberry and I know about those purees. They have passion fruit and guava as well and they are amazing!! I can’t wait to make this cocktail, it will be perfect for this winter especially since I just bought some apple cider from a local orchard.

    1. I just LOVED it; now really I want a whole freezer filled with them…you know, if money were no object and all.

    1. I made them at a friends the other night but since she is lactose intolerant we skipped the whipping cream. All I can say is don’t. 🙂

  2. This looks like heaven in a mug! Seriously amazing!!! I just wish it would cool off here a little bit more to enjoy a warm drink like this. Oh, well…I will drink one anyways!!! Thanks so much for sharing my Spicy Apple Gingertini in your fall cocktail collection 🙂

    1. It was…and you are most welcome; I’m really loving the app that makes it so easy to include something like that so I’m going to be doing it more often.

  3. This actually sounds like a pretty good drink – the combo of bourbon, cranberry, and apple cider sounds delish. The whipped cream does give me a bit of a pause, I must admit, though I wonder why – it’s delish in an Irish Coffee. Anyway, great job with this – thanks so much!

    1. I had the same concern John but should not have; it was just a great combination. A little tart, a little sweet, a little spicy and a lot good. 🙂

  4. Yes, please! At first I was not feeling this one – but then I got to thinking about it… I must try this product and this drink! Thanks for the intro.

    1. Same here; I didn’t see it on the news so Abbie and I both had a bit of a shock when the back door was opened! I think I’ll serve this as the first cocktail once I get in my new home; it’s a keeper and so pretty to boot!

  5. You’ll have to recreate this cocktail once you are settled into your new home where you can put your feet up, relax and enjoy the entire thing in front of a cozy fire. Looks like a lovely and warm way to welcome yourself to your new place.

    1. All sounds good except for the fireplace. It was an option and a pricey one. I thought of how seldom I used mine and how it seemed to dictate everything about furniture placement so opted to not have one installed. I’m pretty happy about that since that wall will now have my entertainment stuff and I can watch a cooking show in the kitchen from a TV on that wall! I still can’t wait to have one of these there…fireplace or not!

  6. Cranberry puree? You Americans have EVERYTHING! We only have frozen (never fresh) cranberries. 🙂

    Love this drink. I’m a cranberry lover from a time when I could get fresh cranberries from the bogs in Massachusetts.

    Sad that you had to hand over the drink though. That would have been tough.

    1. I discovered last year when conversing with Amanda that you folks don’t get fresh cranberries. I would be verklempt…I think they are what I look forward to MOST for Fall holiday baking and drink making. I’ll tweat some over to you. 🙂

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