Bourbon Spiked Hot Apple Cider is an incredibly delicious and oh-so-comforting hot drink. This easy autumn cocktail can also be served cold for a refreshing treat!
A Hot Apple Cider Cocktail
When the fall season comes around most people are getting exciting about their pumpkin spice lattes. But for me, as soon as October comes around and my apple trees are ripe and delicious, I’m ready for an apple cider cocktail.
And while I still can’t get behind everything pumpkin spice in the fall, I certainly take advantage of apple season, utilizing them in everything from our smoked apple crisp, to homemade apple sauce for the kids, and you know it, apple cocktails — like this spiked apple cider!
There’s nothing more festive and delicious to get me in the fall spirit than a hot spiked cocktail full of flavorful mulling spices.
How to make Bourbon Spiked Hot Apple Cider
- Start by making your mulled cider: Place all of your ingredients (except for the alcohol) in a pot and bring it to a simmer for 5-10 minutes. Strain the solids and place in a container.
- To make the cocktail: Rim your glass with sugar (optional) and then add bourbon, and top with about 1 cup of the cider mix. Garnish with an apple slice, orange wedge, and a cinnamon stick. Serve hot!
The best part about this cocktail is that it’s super adaptable. You can make it with whatever brown booze you’ve got around (but I highly recommend Bourbon for this spiked apple cider drink). It can be made in advance and warm it up as needed. You can make a virgin version for the kiddos! And you can even make it into a cold cocktail if you’re just not into those hot boozy beverages. It’s your call!
And you don’t need to make your own cider for this recipe. This is the time of year you can get some help from the local farms who do it best.
Common Q&A regarding Spiked Apple Cider Drinks
We prefer Bourbon. But you could also use whiskey, rum, cognac or brandy.
Absolutely! Just let it cool and serve it over ice. It’s super refreshing that way.
For sure! It was originally intended to be a family friendly booze-less drink. But it sure makes for a comforting fall cocktail on a cold rainy evening.
This is also an excellent cocktail for Thanksgiving too! The hot version would go well with pumpkin pie. Or serve cold over ice as an aperitif when your guests are arriving.
Slow cooker, baby! If you’re having a party the best thing to do is make a big batch and keep it on the low setting in your slow cooker. That way it’s nice and warm for as long as it lasts.
Related Cocktail & Apple Recipes:
- Cognac Hot Toddy
- Apple Cider Mimosas
- Bourbon Cocktail with Grilled Lemon Simple Syrup
- Mulled Wine
- Semi-Smoked Apple Crisp
*This post was originally published in 2014, and edited in October of 2018 with new photos and updated content.
I came upon this recipe a few weeks ago. We are in South Texas and we finally have had a cold snap….We made this beverage tonight and enjoyed it around our fire pit…Oh My!! this was wonderful – only changes are that we did not do a sugar rim on the glass and we added a squeeze of fresh lemon to our drink…This was a great drink for a cool evening!! We will do this again for sure!!
Patricia Gruzenski says
Could you add Fireball and Rumchata to the mix?
Sean Martin says
Yes yes and yes! Those are great options.
We did this for New Years day, super simple and tastes great! Even the non-bourbon lovers enjoyed it. 🙂
Russell, that is awesome and thanks for the feedback!!
Made this for the past 2 years for Halloween. You can pretty much double the bourbon without ever tasting it. Also, a bit of lemon juice to cut the sweetness bc between the cider and bourbon it’s VERY sweet.
Jared you bring up a great point. Since we use a local cider, we know it’s not very sweet. So it will really depend on what kind of apple cider you use (we don’t specify any specific brand), and the lemon is a great idea. We also go a little conservative on the bourbon, so as you pointed out, just add more if that’s the flavor you like :).
This spiked apple cider sounds perfect to me! Bourbon is my go to during the fall and winter. Cheers!
Sean here – I love bourbon, it’s my happy place, and adding a little to the cider makes a fun fall cocktail!!
Erin @ Platings and Pairings says
This sounds SO good Mary, perfect for the chilly days ahead! Your pictures are stunning too!
Kelli H says
Just made this and it’s delicious! Thanks!
Wohoo! Glad you enjoyed 🙂
Want to make this for Halloween this week, but I have never made a drink like this before. What type of “clove” is recommended for the receipe? Newby question, but want to get it right as I am making it for my family and a few neighbors. Thank you.
Jessica, you can use the whole cloves from the spice aisle. Just drop a few of them in. There are different “varietals” of clove, but I would definitely not worry too much about that here. Just grab some whole cloves in the spice aisle.
potenzmittel wiki says
Great article. I’m going through a few of these issues as well..
Maricela Huerta-Paz says
I had to share it with my subdivision’s recipe blog…Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Maricela 🙂
Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire says
Yup. I am so making this after work today. I have some honey bourbon that I imagine would be awesome with this! Pinning!
Oh yes, that sounds perfect! Enjoy your drink 🙂
Nano Cleansers says
Great looking drink, amazing recipe. 🙂
I was sold on this a drink as soon as I saw it has cider in it. Yum, could do with a glass or two right now. Pinned
Ha! Thanks! And yes, I could go for one now too… and it’s only 7am 😉
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
I love hot apple cider.. and I bet the addition of bourbon really kicks the overall flavour of it up! Definitely a recipe I can see myself making all throughout the upcoming Christmas period.
Thanks 🙂 It’s definitely a very festive drink for the upcoming holidays!