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Apple Cider Bourbon Whiskey Cocktail

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Apple cider bourbon whiskey cocktails are easy and made using a crockpot. Perfect for fall weather and football season!


Chelsey from Budget Girl!

Fall is nearly here! August really flew by, didn’t it? I don’t know about the rest of you, but fall is my favorite season and I’m really excited for it this year. Not for any particular reason, I think summer is just getting to me a bit. Not that it’s going to cool down in Georgia any time soon, but I look forward to it regardless.

On my own blog, I dedicate the entire month of September to pumpkin recipes (so if any of you pumpkin enthusiasts want notifications of new pumpkin recipes, be sure to head on over there and sign up for my email updates!). Which means I often get left in the dust when it comes to apple recipes. Kind of a bummer, because I do really like apple. But by the time, I get to it, it’s time to start preparing for The Golden Trio (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas).

Not this year, though! This year, I’ve already put two apple recipes on my blog (two! The first was apple pie with streusel and the other was a batch of apple beermosas. I’m REALLY excited about the second one) and now I have one here for all of you!

I’ve written a few cocktail recipes for Camille this year, ranging from the time-consuming (Red, White, and Blue Shooters) to the easy, but messy (Peach Beermosas). So this would should be refreshing in how easy and clean it is.

Apple Cider Bourbon Whiskey Cocktail

  • 6 oz warm apple cider
  • 2 oz bourbon whiskey

I love bourbon. Love it. In fact, I’ve been incorporating it into recipes a lot lately (check out my Butter Pecan Bourbon Cake!). I especially love flavored bourbon—apple cider, pecan pie (oh, yes, that does exist), honey…my brother-in-law recently found a blackberry bourbon that was amazing.

This recipe uses plain Evan Williams Straight Bourbon, but any of those would be delicious, as well. Even the blackberry, probably. (I think I might have to try it and find out, though!)


This is an easy recipe. Pour some apple cider into a crock pot and set the temperature to “low.” Let it warm up for an hour or two. Then pour 2 ounces of bourbon into a glass and add 6 ounces of warm cider to it. If you want, you can add a cinnamon stick to that, but I found it unnecessary (and difficult to drink around).

This is absolutely wonderful, but it has a bit of a kick. So if you’re not used to drinking bourbon, this might hit you a little hard. And the great thing about it is that, if you have guests who don’t drink, they have some plain warm apple cider to drink from.

Apple Cider Bourbon Whiskey Cocktail sq

If you don’t like bourbon, I did try this with red wine a few years ago and that was also great (and a great way to get rid of some wine you don’t particularly care for). As for me, I find the bourbon very pleasant. This is wonderful to just sit and sip on a fall day. It also makes a pretty cheap drink for football parties, in fact! (Pair it with my jalapeno beer queso dip!)

What are you looking forward to this fall?

Yield: 1

Apple Cider Bourbon Whiskey Cocktail

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 6 oz warm apple cider
  • 2 oz bourbon whiskey
  • cinnamon sticks and apples, for garnish (optional)


  1. Put the apple cider in a crock pot and heat on low for at least an hour.
  2. Pour 2 ounces of bourbon whiskey into a glass.
  3. Pour 6 ounces of warm apple cider over the whiskey. Stir gently to combine.
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  • Shashi Bhargava
    August 6, 2018

    This sounds good! I love neat on the rocks bourbon too! I’ve saved this to Pinterest to reference later. I think I might try some time later, since it sounds good. Haven’t ever tried any cocktail with apple cider.

  • Donna @ Modern on Monticello
    November 13, 2017

    Anything with apple cider has to be delicious. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  • Julie N
    November 11, 2017

    This sounds so delicious! I love bourbon too! I’ve saved this to Pinterest to reference later. I like to think I might try to make it.

  • Maribeth
    November 8, 2017

    Wow! What a delicious-looking drink for so few ingredients! I never thought of putting whiskey in apple cider, but it sounds great! I pinned it:)

  • Corrine
    November 7, 2017

    Yum! Yes I will be making these!!

  • Cathy Lawdanski
    November 6, 2017

    Sounds delicious. Reminds me of my mom. She always drank Evan Williams.

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    November 6, 2017

    Ah – a perfect winter drink! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner Party!

  • Steff
    September 12, 2017

    Wow, I never would have thought of this combo, sounds delicious! So autumnal too! 🙂

  • Emily
    September 11, 2017

    I would LOVE one of these! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday last week.

  • Crafty Lumberjacks
    September 4, 2017

    You’re totally speaking our language with this cocktail! It’s everything we love in a glass! And you love musicals?!?! We might be kindred spirits! xoxo

  • Carlee
    September 13, 2016

    What a perfectly fall drink! Thanks so much for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

  • Marie
    September 5, 2016

    Wow! This looks delicious! What a nice festive drink to sip by a fire. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Elizabeth
    November 17, 2015

    Could I make this the night before? I am hosting a friendsgiving on Saturday and my two crockpots will already be in use!

    • Camille
      November 18, 2015

      And just heat it up? I don’t see why not. You could also just put it in a big pot on the stove on low to keep it warm the day of your friendsgiving!

      • Elizabeth
        November 20, 2015

        Thank you so much 🙂 I just wanted to make sure letting it set overnight wouldn’t let the two mixtures separate.

        Thank you for the quick response 🙂

  • Don
    October 13, 2015

    Was drinking this 46 years at a little music establishment in Roslyn,NY…so it’s really not new

    • Camille
      October 15, 2015

      Well maybe it’s for a “new” generation, then! 😉

  • Shellie Bowdoin
    September 7, 2015

    Apples just say Fall to me. Thanks for joining us on Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday!


  • nibbles by nic
    September 6, 2015

    WOOOOHOOOO!!! WE adore this fantastic seasonal cocktail at Munching Mondays and will be featuring this week!! 2-Ingredients too…what a no-brainer for this FALL!!! CHEERS! xo Nic

    • Camille
      September 13, 2015

      Yay! Thanks for such a fun party!

  • Carlyn Bullock
    September 5, 2015

    Hello – I am a bourbon girl who after being moved from new England 40 years later STILL misses fall, and apples and I can not thank you enough for this recipe. I can not wait to try it!

    • Camille
      September 6, 2015

      I’m a Michigan girl living in the desert. We’ve been here for over 10 years and I still can’t get used to wearing shorts on Halloween! I miss fall too and just like you I cook and bake with apples all I can!

  • Carlyn Bullock
    September 5, 2015

    I am so happy to have found this post! I am a bourbon girl who almost 40 years after being moved to Florida from new England still misses fall – and apples!! Can’t wait to give this a try 🙂

    With a smile from offthesidewalk in Tampa, FL Carlyn 🙂

  • Sarah R.
    September 5, 2015

    Yes. Yes to everything here. Yes to the ingredients, yes to the embellishments, yes, yes, yes. 🙂 Thank you for swinging by Snickerdoodle Sunday and hope to see your latest makes later today!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  • Rhonda Gales
    September 4, 2015

    I love apple cider and red wine. I’m going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best linkup.

  • Donna Wirthlin
    September 4, 2015

    Crock pots are amazing! Thanks for sharing at #OMHGWW!

  • Marla Meridith
    September 4, 2015

    Loving this cocktail!

  • Lisa
    September 2, 2015

    I’m not much of a bourbon drinker (I’m a wine girl) but this cocktail looks pretty good! I may have to steal some of hubby’s bourbon and give it a try! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!

  • Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
    September 1, 2015

    Oh I am SO making this for football season, trick or treating and those days when my son is extra clingy and I need a cocktail at 2pm 😉

    • Camille
      September 4, 2015

      Yes! I love that you can make it in the slow cooker so it’s great for all these.

  • Cheyanne
    August 31, 2015

    LOVE bourbon, LOVE apple cider but never thought to put the two together which is odd. Can’t wait to try this!

    • Camille
      September 1, 2015

      I wish it would cool down here so I want a hot drink! LOL