Hot Apple Cider with Bourbon

Just a few sips of this spiked cider will warm you right up

Hot Apple Cider with Bourbon recipe

Cool fall days call for a special pick me up, hot apple cider with a touch of bourbon is one of our favorites. All it takes to make this Hot Apple Cider with Bourbon recipe is some fresh pressed apple cider, a touch of cinnamon, and a shot of good bourbon.

This spiked cider is one of our favorite drink recipes to make when we’re at the cabin in the fall. We’ll fill a big pot with fresh apple cider and leave it on the stove with a couple of cinnamon sticks on low heat all day long. 

Just leave a pot on the burner when you're working outside

Just leave a pot on the burner when you’re working outside

That way whenever anyone wants a drink all they have to do is fill up a mug, add a shot of bourbon, and they’re on their way to feeling warm inside.

Our house rule for this drink is that whoever is making up a batch gets to take an extra shot of bourbon for all their hard work.

For the best results use real fresh pressed apple cider and not apple juice or anything that has added sugar in it. Fresh apple cider should be a little cloudy and taste like your eating juicy apples right from the tree.

If you’re in the mood for something with more complex spice flavors try our Mulled Apple Cider. This recipe is also delicious without bourbon.

Hot Apple Cider with Bourbon

Hot Apple Cider with Bourbon

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 drinks


  • 32 oz apple cider
  • 4 oz bourbon
  • 4 cinnamon sticks


  • Pour the apple cider into a pot, add two cinnamon sticks, and heat on a low simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  • The cider is ready to go when it starts to steam. Note: it can take a while for the cinnamon flavor to come through in the cider, so if you have the time let it steep on low heat for longer than 30 minutes.
  • Pour the apple cider into mugs, add a shot of bourbon to each, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
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Course: Brunch, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Comfort Food



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Nutrition Facts
Hot Apple Cider with Bourbon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178
% Daily Value*
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 244mg7%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 21g23%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.