Best Bites: Apple cider bourbon cocktail


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This apple cider bourbon cocktail is perfect for any fall evening. Check out the recipe on Best Bites!


  • Bourbon

  • Apple cider (*homemade recipe is below)

  • Ground cinnamon

  • Granulated sugar

  • Rosemary sprig


  1. Mix equal parts ground cinnamon and granulated sugar in small bowl.

  2. Dip rim of drinking glass of choice in an orange slice then dip in cinnamon sugar mix to create a cinnamon-sugar rim. Add 2 parts bourbon and 4 parts apple cider, stir and serve with rosemary garnish.

  3. Delicious hot or cold.

Homemade Apple Cider

  • 14 medium-sized assorted apples

  • 2 oranges

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 5-6 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 whole nutmeg

  • 1 tablespoons whole cloves

  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice

  • Water

  • Tall stockpot

  • Cheesecloth


  1. Wash fruit, cut into halves or quarters, and place in a large stock pot (seeds, peels and all) along with all other ingredients.

  2. Fill with water, leaving about 2-3" of space from the top of the pot.

  3. Boil uncovered for an hour, stirring frequently to prevent burning (an old New Englander tip to prevent boiling over is to put a wooden spoon across the top of the pot).

  4. After an hour, cover and simmer for 2-3 more hours, crushing fruit with your masher and stirring occasionally. taste and add more sugar or seasoning to your liking.

  5. Remove from heat, let it cool and strain all contents through a cheesecloth into a clean container. Make sure to get every last drop from the cheesecloth, that's where the flavor is!

  6. Pour into mason jars and keep refrigerated.

  7. Serve hot with cinnamon stick garnish or cold with bourbon

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