Easy Bourbon Apple Cider

Bourbon Apple Cider | Feast + West for My Cooking Spot

This is Susannah from Feast + West, here with a favorite fall beverage!

I know it’s autumn when I have my first sip of apple cider. Sweet, fruity and spicy; it’s a guilty pleasure I cherish throughout the season.

But who has time to sit around and mull their own? Sometimes, I’d rather cheat and buy a gallon of fresh cider from a local orchard or at the farmers market. One of my favorite things to do is mix it into cocktails. Bourbon is probably my favorite spirit of all, and it pairs so well with apple cider.

Bourbon Apple Cider | Feast + West for My Cooking Spot

To make this Easy Bourbon Apple Cider, I warm the apple cider — either my own or market-fresh — on the stove with a few cinnamon sticks and cloves. When it reaches a comfortable drinking temperature, I ladle it into a mug and add a shot of bourbon. (New to bourbon? I have a guide for you.) And garnish it with a cinnamon stick, of course!

I like to enjoy spiked cider on brisk evenings at home alone, but sometimes I’ll make a big batch when I have friends over. It always makes my place smell incredible! Just like autumn.

Bourbon Apple Cider | Feast + West for My Cooking Spot

Easy Bourbon Apple Cider

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: serves 4

An easy autumnal toddy


  • 1 quart apple cider
  • 2 to 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cloves
  • 3/4 cup bourbon


  1. In a large pot, warm the cider and spices to a simmer on low heat for 1 hour. Once warmed, stir in the bourbon. Ladle the cider into mugs. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Bourbon Apple Cider | Feast + West for My Cooking Spot

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Susannah is an Instagram-obsessed graphic designer and cat lady based in Charlotte, N.C. When she's not designing or taking a zillion photos, she blogs about food, design and travel at Feast + West. It's kind-of like a road trip — a casual drive through the backroads with lots of on-a-whim stops to take photos, peruse lovely shops and eat excellent food. Traveling inspires Susannah the most in her design work and in the kitchen, and she loves to recreate recipes at home.

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