Bourbon Maple Chai Punch
Courtesy of Maker's Mark

The Happiest Hour’s John Henderson doubles up on apple with pressed and dry hard cider. It’s spiked with bourbon and tempered with chai tea. He says, “Seasonal apples are the staple for this delicious fall punch. The chai and maple add a nice sweetener, to complement Maker’s Mark’s sweeter flavor profile.”

Yield: makes 8-10 cocktails
Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 12 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups strong chai tea, brewed
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 12 cups maple syrup
  • 4 dashes orange bitters, preferably Fee Brother’s West Indies
  • 3 cups bourbon, preferably Maker’s Mark
  • 2 cups dry hard cider
  • 4 cups sparkling water
  • Apple slices, for garnish
  • Lemon slices, for garnish
  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish


  1. Combine lemon juice, maple syrup, chai tea, apple and hard apple ciders, bitters, and bourbon in a large punch bowl.
  2. Immediately before serving, add a few generous scoops of ice and top with sparkling water.