This apple cider bourbon smash recipe is so yummy that if you like bourbon, you are going to love this drink. This cocktail is very festive this time of year, but you can drink it year round.
Bourbon, oh, how I love thee. It wasn’t always the truth. In fact, my nose used to crinkle up whenever I thought of sipping it.
But then I aged, just like a good barrel of bourbon. 🙂
And now I love this liquor. My favorite cocktail is a Manhattan but this cocktail is rising in the ranks and I look forward to drinking it when I can get a good apple cider.
It’s such a fun drink that combines great ingredients together to make the best holiday cocktail!
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How to make the this apple cider drink
After measuring out the ingredients, pour them into the cocktail shaker.
Gather the ingredients – bourbon, apple cider and lemon.
Cutting the lemon in half and then in half again and drop the 2 quarters of lemon in the cocktail shaker.
Muddle the lemon for a minute. The purpose is to get the juice out of the lemon but to also get the lemon zest out of the skin.
Measure out 2 ounces of bourbon and pour it into the shaker.
Slice a ring out of a Macintosh apple and carefully core out the seeds.
Measure 2 ½ ounces of apple cider and pour it into the shaker.
Fill the shaker halfway with ice, cap it and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Pour the contents into the waiting glass.
Cut a couple of quarters off the apple ring and cut a little slit in each quarter. Place the two pieces on the side of the glass. I cut the remaining slice of apples in chunks and add them in the cocktail.
To finish off the garnish, put a cinnamon stick in the cocktail.
Let’s take a closer look.
Here’s the vertical view of this delicious cocktail.
I hope you enjoyed this apple cider bourbon smash recipe!! It’s so delicious.
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Apple Cider Bourbon Smash
- .50 lemon cut in half to be muddled
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 2.5 ounces apple cider
- apple wheel (cut in half, then in 4 quarters, slit two of the quarters so you can slide it on the rim) (cut the rest of the apple wheel in chunks)
- cinnamon stick
- Place 2 quarters of a lemon in the cocktail shaker and muddle it for at least 30 seconds
- Add bourbon and apple cider
- Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with ice, cap it and shake it at least 20 seconds
- Pour contents in the glass
- Place two slices of apple on the glass, the apple chunks in the drink and a cinnamon stick in the cocktail