This easy Spiked Apple Cider is a sweet, refreshing fall cocktail with real apple cider, spicy ginger beer, and smoky bourbon. It can also be made as a sweet apple cider mocktail for the kiddos!
Prep Time2 minutesminutes
Total Time2 minutesminutes
2ozginger beer, or ginger ale
1ozbourbon, whiskey or rum
candied ginger and sliced fresh apple, optional garnish
Mix apple cider and bourbon and pour over crushed ice. Add ginger beer and garnish with candied ginger and apple. Serve immediately.
Quality Apple Cider: The tastiest apple ciders are fresh-pressed. Look for cider without added sugars or preservatives for the best flavor.Alcohol Content: If you want to adjust the strength of your cocktail, start with a smaller amount of bourbon, and then add more if desired. Be careful not to overpower the natural apple cider flavor.Sweeten as Needed: If your drink is a little too sharp, you can add a touch of sweetness with some honey, maple syrup, or simple syrup. Garnish Options: Garnishes like citrus slices, apples, cinnamon sticks, or sprigs of fresh herbs (like rosemary) can really elevate your drink experience.Cinnamon Sugar Rim: Another fun option is to rim your glass with cinnamon sugar. Place a mixture of granulated sugar or raw sugar and a pinch of cinnamon on a shallow plate. Use a lemon, orange or honey to wet the rim of your glass and press it into the cinnamon sugar.