Monday, October 22, 2012

Cider & Bourbon

Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest ones. This fall, we're drinking a cocktail that falls into this category. Delicious apple cider, small-batch bourbon, and a hint of those quintessential fall spices that we start longing for this time of year.
Of course, while stirring bourbon and cider together on their own would be a perfectly tasty beverage, add some fall spices to the mix and you have something truly special. We grabbed some cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and a few cardamom seeds, and then added them to our shaker along with the bourbon and cider. A minute or two of shaking, and you've got yourself a beautifully spiced cocktail -- not overly cloying like the off-the-shelf spiced ciders can be.
We have enjoyed our cider & bourbons a couple of ways: in a jam jar (rustic-style) and in a martini glass (ever-so sophisticated). This drink is ready for whatever occasion you have in mind. If it is sweater-weather, then the cider & bourbon is entirely appropriate.

Cider & Bourbon

  • 3 oz apple cider
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 5 cardamom seeds
  • Apple cross section, for garnish
Vigorously shake cider, bourbon, and spices in a shaker with ice for a minute or two. Pour into glass, and garnish with apple slice. Enjoy!


  1. I made a similar cocktail last year with a touch of ginger ale that added just the right touch of spice and a bit of fizz; it's became a fall favorite. I'll have to try this too; I've got a couple of small batch bourbons just dying to be tested!


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