These Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails will warm you from the inside out and keep you toasty all season long – the perfect fall cocktail! 

Wooden tray of three lowball glassed filled with ice. First glass is filled with Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails and garnished with fresh thyme sprigs and apple slices. We always pick up a few gallons of fresh apple cider when we visit the apple orchard every fall, and my kids devour it in quick fashion.

But I always make sure to squirrel away enough for Pat and me to enjoy these smooth and seasonal Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails after a long week. It’s one of our favorite fall cocktails. 

A Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail in a lowball glass garnished with fresh apple slices and a fresh thyme sprig.Two kinds of liquor – bourbon and applejack brandy – are beautifully balanced by fresh apple cider, lemon juice, and an herb-infused simple syrup to create a truly sippable cocktail.

I usually make the simple syrup a few days in advance and keep it in the fridge until I’m ready to use it to make cocktail hour even easier.

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails in two lowball glasses. Fresh apple slices and fresh thyme sprigs garnish the glasses.

Tip: No time to make the thyme-infused simple syrup? You can also swap in regular simple syrup, and this fall cocktail will still taste great!

Hosting a party? These Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails can easily be multiplied as a batch cocktail for your guests (I highly recommend adding these to your Thanksgiving menu). Or tuck a few into a thermos the next time you tailgate for the big game.

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails in lowball glasses garnished with fresh thyme and apple slices. However you enjoy them, these Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails have all the makings of a great drink – simple, seasonal and delicious.

Three lowball glasses with ice. Cocktail shaker pouring Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails into one of the glasses. Garnished with fresh thyme sprigs and apple slices.

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Image of Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails in low ball glass over ice garnished with thyme.


Fall cocktails don’t get much tastier than these quick and easy Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails - perfect for everything from tailgating to Thanksgiving!

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Yield: 1 serving

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails

Fresh apple cider shines in these Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails. The perfect fall cocktail for everything from tailgating to apple picking!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


Thyme Simple Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme


  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 1 ounce apple brandy (I used Laird's Applejack)
  • 1 ounce fresh apple cider
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce thyme simple syrup
  • Dash Angostura bitters


To make the simple syrup:

  1. Combine sugar and water in small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add thyme. Allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain and refrigerate.

To make cocktail:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add bourbon, applejack, apple cider, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters. Shake and strain into ice-filled glasses.


Adapted from Gramercy Tavern

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191 Sodium: 21mg Carbohydrates: 15.7g Fiber: .1g Sugar: 3.8g Protein: .1g
Don’t forget the fresh apple cider when you go apple picking so you can make a batch of these Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails. This is the perfect fall cocktail recipe to toast the season. Perfect for any event from tailgating to Thanksgiving!