Bourbon Cider

by0| PUBLISHED Sep 14, 2011 8:00 AM
Bourbon Cider
This apple-and-bourbon cocktail is perfect for fall. Todd Coleman

Perfect for fall, this apple-and-bourbon recipe comes from Jennifer Pittman of Louisville, Kentucky's Proof on Main. It first appeared in our October 2011 issue, along with Rebecca Barry's article Whiskey Rebellion.

Yield: makes one cocktail

For the Spiced Syrup (Makes about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. whole cloves, crushed
  • 1 (3-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 stick cinnamon

For the Cocktail

  • 3 oz. apple cider
  • 1 <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> oz. bourbon
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Dried apple slice, to garnish


  1. For the syrup: Boil 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in sugar, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon; let sit for 1 hour. Strain and chill syrup.
  2. For the cocktail: Mix 3⁄4 oz. spiced syrup, cider, bourbon, and juice in a shaker with ice; shake to chill. Strain into a martini glass; garnish with apple.