(Update: we made a few tweaks to the original recipe & updated the photos – enjoy!)
I was a bit hesitant about bourbon before attempting this recipe (I’m more of a tequila or wine person myself. Also, yes I know, tequila and wine is an interesting juxtaposition). My brothers, however, sip bourbon like it’s apple juice (slight hyperbole, don’t worry). This recipe was a request of theirs and it ended up being a new favorite of mine as well! We’ve made it 5+ times so far this fall, and it’s a great way to use up that gallon of apple cider that you really intended to use, but haven’t quite gotten around to finishing.
Over the 5+ times we’ve made this recipe, we’ve slightly tweaked it each time. This most recent variation is my favorite; maple syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness and is an easy replacement for simple syrup.Print
This beautiful cocktail is quite literally autumn in a glass.
- 3 oz bourbon
- 1 oz Grand Marnier
- 5 oz apple cider
- 1 oz maple syrup
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 2 drops Angostura Bitters (optional)
- 5 oz ginger beer
- Garnish: Thyme, apple slices, cinnamon sticks
- In a shaker over ice, combine bourbon, apple cider, maple syrup, Grand Marnier, lemon and bitters. Shake well to combine.
- Pour over ice in chilled glass. Top off with ginger beer and garnish with thyme, apple slices & cinnamon. Enjoy!