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. 

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.

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.

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.

Recommended Equipment: 

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!

Sample a few more of our favorite fall cocktails! 

Hot Ginger Cider Cocktails – Garnish with Lemon®

Pumpkin Spice White Russian – Nutmeg Nanny

Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail – Garnish with Lemon®

Spiced Apple Cider Whiskey Sour – Boulder Locavore

Kahlua Pumpkin Scotchie – Garnish with Lemon®

Yield: 1 serving

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails

This has all of the makings of a perfect fall cocktail.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Thyme Simple Syrup:

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

Cocktail:

  • 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

Instructions

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.

Notes

Adapted from Gramercy Tavern

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 33 Carbohydrates: 8g