Iced Bourbon Apple Cider


As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, fall is slowly slipping away. As we previously mentioned, we intend to sneak every last fall recipe in that we can- and that includes the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail (that can also be easily transformed into a mocktail).

All the cozy fall flavors we love, but make it iced.

This Iced Bourbon Apple Cider is the cocktail that I didn't know I needed, but will now be making every year for the holidays. It has all the fall flavors that we know and love- apple, cinnamon, a splash of OJ even, but yet it's iced so it's still super refreshing. In this cocktail we use bourbon which in my opinion, pairs perfectly with our fall flavors but isn't too over powering where they get lost. I just made this cocktail for some friends and I have to say it was a major hit.

We've always loved apple cider but something about adding some ice to it makes it taste extra delicious. This cocktail is super simple but will surprise you with just how good it is. Coming from me this says a lot as when it comes to cocktails I can be picky at times. It can sometimes feel like they're either too sweet, too strong, or just missing that just right flavor.

Of course, at the base of this cocktail is what else other than apple cider! Then you have...

  • OJ - a necessary partner to the apple cider
  • bourbon - in my opinion the perfect liquor for a fall cocktail
  • cinnamon simple syrup - for that extra something special and super simple (no pun intended) and easy to make!
  • ice - cubed of course (not to be overly specific or anything, but crushed just really isn't the same)

The cinnamon simply syrup is a game changer. So easy to make and it really adds that extra delicious touch.

  1. Combine boiling water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks in a bowl!
  2. Mix until sugar is dissolved, let sit (or steep) and you're good to go to start mixing your other ingredients for your cocktails!

Just a few more steps!

Delicious and easy- our two favorite things to hear when we need a quick new recipe idea for the holidays. After making the delicious cinnamon simple syrup, this cocktail only has a few more steps!

  1. Add bourbon, apple cider, orange juice, and cinnamon simple syrup to a glass.
  2. Add ice and mixture to shaker and shake it all up!
  3. Pour into two glasses, top with a slice or orange or cinnamon stick and enjoy!

It really is as easy as shaking everything up, pouring it in your favorite, fall cocktail glasses and you're good to go! Feel free to go ahead and make it large batch for a Friendsgiving or for Thanksgiving day with friends and family. Top with some orange slices or if you're feeling bold like I was, a couple cinnamon sticks, and start sipping!

Recipe Details:

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Iced Bourbon Apple Cider

Bring all the fall to winter flavors together and start sipping on this Iced Bourbon Apple Cider. The perfect cocktail for your Thanksgiving table!



Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) apple cider
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 4 tsp cinnamon simple syrup


Simple Syrup

  1. Once water is boiling, combine water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks in bowl.
  2. Mix until sugar is dissolved, and let steep until ready to use.


  1. Measure and add the bourbon, apple cider, orange juice, and cinnamon simple syrup to a glass.
  2. Add cubed iced to shaker, pour apple cider mixture in, and shake.
  3. Pour into two glasses and top with cinnamon sticks or orange slice if desired. Store remaining simple syrup in refrigerator for future use.

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