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Bourbon Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

Classic easy-to-sip spiked apple cider recipe with bourbon.

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There’s nothing quite like a classic  and this cocktail has warmed up evening the coldest evenings this fall. I’ve acquired a taste for bourbon and there’s no turning back. It all started with these Mint Juleps last spring and this Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned last fall. It adds a lot of flavor and more importantly, warmth to a cocktail.

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easy bourbon spiked apple cider recipe

A few weeks ago I shared an apple cider bourbon slush recipe, but not that the temperatures have dropped to freezing, I have been brewing bourbon spiked apple cider on the stove, which doubles as potpourri.

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Just one bourbon spiked apple cider cocktail and I’m feeling festive. They not only make your home smell like Christmas, but feel like it, too. So turn on your favorite Christmas playlist and brew up a batch of jolly good times.

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I like to serve bourbon apple cider in oversized mugs for easy sipping. It’s also easy to ladle the spiked cider into and garnish with cinnamon sticks, star of anise and orange slices.the best spiked cider recipe

You can use 2-3 cups of bourbon to your preference, I tend to like mine strong, so I use 3 cups. It helps balance the sweet flavors of apple cider. Our favorite bourbons to use are Maker’s Mark, Bulleit, Four Roses or Basil Hayden’s. All give this bourbon spiked apple cider cocktail great flavor. Cheers to the holiday season!

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Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 15 mins
Serves 10


  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 2 {or 3} c bourbon
  • apple, sliced
  • pear, sliced
  • cinnamon sticks
  • star of anise


In a large pot, combine cider, bourbon, apple, pear, cinnamon sticks and star of anise over medium-low for 10 minutes.

Reduce to low and serve warm.

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3 comments on “Bourbon Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe”

  1. I love the wooden board. So cute.
    xo, Meghan

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