Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

Fall is here!  Grab some fresh apple cider and whip up this fun Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail!

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Fall is here! Grab some fresh apple cider and whip up this fun Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail!I’ve got a good one to file in the “things you don’t see often” category.  A really good one!  My Mom + sister + niece came up to visit from Nashville last weekend.  Their plane landed mid-afternoon, and I decided to make a quick stop by Sam’s Club on the way down to the airport.  Robbie was low on diapers, and Blakely (our niece) loves watermelon.  As I pulled into the shopping center, I noticed a cart making it’s way across the back of the parking lot.  By itself.  I assumed the wind caught it.  I sped up just slightly to make sure that cart didn’t slam right into the side of my car.

But then I did a double-take.  Wait.  That cart was full of stuff.  I glanced up, and several rows away in the parking lot I noticed 2 nuns loading groceries into the back of their sedan.  They clearly hadn’t noticed that their 2nd cart had made a run for it.  I stopped my car, threw on the hazards and ran after that runaway cart.  At about the same time, I noticed one of the nuns running full speed across the parking lot to get her cart.

Fall is here! Grab some fresh apple cider and whip up this fun Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail!But the best part is still to come…guess what was in that cart?  Eggs.  Lots of eggs.  I’m talking like at least 20 dozen eggs.  And that cart was really moving…towards a road.  Can you imagine if that cart loaded with eggs had actually made it into the road?  Fortunately, that scene was averted.  The nuns got their eggs back safely.  I got Robbie’s diapers, and then I went off to the airport.  But man, file that one into the “odd sights” category.  A nun running full speed across a parking lot to rescue a shopping cart packed full of eggs.

Apple-Picking089Also in that category of things you don’t see often?  Upholstered benches in the middle of an apple orchard.  You see, when the Nashville crew came up to visit last year, I happened to have an old piece of furniture from my grandmother’s house in the car.  It needed to be reupholstered, and I was taking it over to drop off at the cloth store.  But my sister had the fun idea of taking a picture of little Blakely sitting on that bench in the middle of the apple orchard.  It made for a fun photo…and you’d almost think we brought that furniture along with us for fun.  But no, we aren’t crazy.  Well, at least not that crazy!

Fall is here! Grab some fresh apple cider and whip up this fun Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail!We stopped by the same apple orchard again this year, and Blakely picked an entire bag of apples.  She had her own little bag, and she did a great job picking us some good ones.  It happened to be a really hot day (what’s up with the weather this year??), and Funcle David needed something cold to drink.  I ducked into the shop and picked up some fresh apple cider.  Ahhh!

new-york-august-2016-04Well, I had some of that cider left over when we got home, and I decided to whip up a quick drink.  I pulled some bourbon from the cabinet and mixed it with the leftover cider.  Add in a splash of lemon juice and top it off with some ginger ale…and you’ve got one heck of an awesome Fall cocktail!  This Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail was a huge hit among the adults…all of whom appreciated a drink after spending the day with an energetic 2-year-old.

Fall is here! Grab some fresh apple cider and whip up this fun Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail!Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  The weather gets cooler.  College football is back on tv.  The leaves are changing colors.  And the orchards are packed with delicious apples.  So grab some fresh apple cider and mix up a batch of this Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail.  It tastes like Autumn in a glass!

Fall is here! Grab some fresh apple cider and whip up this fun Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail!

Fall is here! Grab some fresh apple cider and whip up this fun Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail!

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

Fall is here!  Grab some fresh apple cider and whip up this fun Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 141kcal


  • 5 oz. apple cider
  • 3 oz. bourbon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 oz. ginger ale
  • {optional garnish} cinnamon sparkling sugar and maple syrup
  • {optional garnish} apple slice and/or cinnamon stick


  • {Optional garnish} Combine the cinnamon and sugar and place on a small plate. Pour small amount of maple syrup on a separate plate. Dip each glass into the maple syrup and then into the cinnamon + sugar mixture. Set glasses aside and fill each with ice.
  • Using a shaker, add apple cider, bourbon and lemon juice. Shake until well combined. Pour into prepared glasses and then top each glass with ginger ale.
  • {Optional garnish} Garnish glasses with apple wedge and/or cinnamon stick before serving.

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  1. That is two funny stories, David! A cart going mad across the parking lot (with eggs, no less) and an upholstered chair in an orchard. That is too funny!!! How adorable is Blakely? She looks so proud holding up the apple 🙂
    Maker’s Mark? One of hubby’s faves! This is such a perfect cocktail for Fall with the apple cider and it just looks so pretty witht he rimmed glass and garnishes. Pinned, of course 🙂 Be sure to let us know of any more funny stories 😀 Have a great weekend!

    1. Blakely was so darned proud of herself with that apple! That was last year…and she grew so much over the last 12 months. This year, she was dashing around the orchard like she was a regular old apple farmer! 🙂 This cocktail is definitely perfect for Fall…even if the Fall weather is being stubborn with when it wants to finally show up. Hope you guys had an awesome weekend, too, Dawn! Thank you!

  2. Hi David! Gary is the bourbon person around here, you’d have to watch that Maker’s Mark very closely with him around! Fall is my favorite time of the year, if it ever gets here!! Little kids are exhausting, but in such a good way!
    Have a fun weekend my friend! PS Hummingbird cake on the docket for tomorrow! 🙂

    1. Haha…it sounds like Gary and I need to sit back with a bottle of Maker’s! I always enjoy trying new bourbons, though, too. I agree with you. Fall seems to be taking it’s sweet time getting here this year. We’re supposed to be in the mid-80’s this week…that’s unheard of for late September! I’m just hoping Fall doesn’t entirely skip us and go straight to winter this year. Blech! Hope you guys enjoyed that hummingbird cake…it’s a great one! Thanks, Dorothy! 🙂

    1. That cocktail was indeed a fun experiment…and it just screamed Fall flavors! Thanks so much for your comment, Puja. Hope you guys had a great weekend! 🙂

  3. Sometimes a good drink is the best way to relax after chasing around little ones! When I think of apple cider I instinctively think of hot mulled cider, cold stuff is good too (just a bit of tangy apple juice). This recipe however, I really like. Not just because of the use of Markers Mark (brilliant), but with the ale and the lemon you gotta bit a zing and fizz to it. Well done.

    1. Oh man, chasing little ones can absolutely take it out of you. I had no idea how hard it is! But, yes, this cocktail was the perfect way to welcome in Autumn…even if Autumn is being stubborn about when it wants to arrive this year. I agree with you about cider. I typically drink it hot, but it’s been so warm this year that I wanted to play with a cold cider drink…and this one was a winner. Thanks so much, Matt!

  4. Kids are so cute 🙂 Fall is my favorite time of the year and I just can’t wait to try this gorgeous drink. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a great weekend 🙂

    1. I agree, Kushi! Kids are exhausting…but then they go and do sweet things which totally makes you forget how exhausting they are! Fall is my favorite time of the year…although this year, Fall seems to be taking it’s sweet time getting here. That’s ok, we can still pretend like it’s Fall with this drink! 🙂 Thanks so much!

    1. Hahahha…you’re right, Tonya. That one could get dangerous! Haha! I hope you had a great Fall weekend…and I hope it is kinda feeling like Fall down there in Maryland! 🙂

    1. Oh, this one is definitely a keeper, Jeff! Speaking of bourbon with apple, I just saw some apple bourbon at the store the other day. Sounded interesting, but I didn’t get any. Not sure I want an entire bottle of it, ya know? Hope you had a great weekend, my friend!

  5. Geebuz, the roads are alive with eggs. That is TOO funny regarding the couch too- Although I think Courtney could totally get away with it as it’s totally styling.

    This is my kind of cocktail- It reminds me of the German Christmas markets when my friend and I would buy hot apple cider and ‘accidentally’ pour bourbon in there.

    1. Funny how bourbon just accidentally gets poured into glasses! Man, I’ve always wanted to see the German Christmas markets. Let’s go this year? 🙂 And let’s get some apple cider. And let’s accidentally pour some bourbon in there!

  6. Yeees, this “Runaway Cart” isn’t every day scenery (Never happened to me. Never ever. Well…Never. Period), I guess. But I’m just curious what would have happened if it had made its way to the road. Another question is why would anyone need so many eggs (like 20 dozens)? David, I think this story needs further investigation. The only one thinks being clear here, that you’ve got a delicious fall cocktail here. Apple cider? Yeeees please!

    1. Yeah, the runaway cart of eggs followed by a nun running at full speed just isn’t an everyday sight…but I saw it! And fortunately that cart didn’t make it into the road. Or into the bushes. I have indeed wondered why those nuns needed so many eggs! But I decided they were buying for a whole convent, and perhaps the nuns at that convent liked omelettes? 🙂

    1. Yeah, that runaway shopping cart isn’t an everyday sight, Dawn…but fortunately it ended well. 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment…I hope you had an awesome weekend!

  7. Haha – oh wow – that nun chasing that shopping cart with eggs would have been a sight indeed! But – am assuming you were her hero in stopping that cart from meeting the road? Way to go David!
    By the way, gosh, I didn’t think it odd that y’all had that antique-looking piece of furniture with y’all and used it in that picture – guess I just might have y’all beat in the *crazy* department! Blakely sure has grown – and gotten cuter!
    Speaking of sisters, mine LOVES mixing up her own cocktails and I’ve gotta pass this on to her – it sounds like the perfect Fall drink – when Fall finally gets here!

    1. Woah there, Shashi! I don’t know if I could be considered a hero here. I just saw a nun in need, and I helped out. 🙂 Seriously, though, that cart was flying across the parking lot, and I was probably the only one in range to stop it. I guess it was the right place, right time kinda thing! And you’re totally right about Fall…it’s supposed to stay in mid-80’s all week here. That’s unheard of for upstate New York in late September! Hope it’s not too brutally hot down there in A-town.

  8. This drink sounds yummy, and you’re right, it looks like fall in a glass! Love the picture of your niece! And that story about the nuns is too funny. That’s certainly something you don’t see a lot. I wonder what they were doing with the eggs – hosting a church breakfast and whipping up tons of omelets for their members?!

    1. Yeah, I’ve wondered that one a couple of times myself, Nicole. That was a LOT of eggs. A church breakfast would have been a good guess. I just assumed they might live in a convent, and they were stocking the kitchen. But I think your guess is probably closer to the truth. Either way, that would have been a whole mess of eggs if it had slammed into the side of my car…or worse wandered into the middle of that busy road. 🙂

    1. Hey Eden! Thank you so much for the kind words, and I really appreciate you stopping by and commenting, too. This really is a tasty fall cocktail…perfect for one of these chilly sweater days! 🙂

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