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Happy Hour: Fall for This Spiked Mulled Cider

Nothing says fall like apples—especially mulled apple cider spiked with bourbon. This is my go-to autumn cocktail. It’s insanely easy to make, perfect for big gatherings and its warm spices make my house smell ahh-mazing.

We’re having a bunch of families over before we commence trick-or-treating this year and I’m already planning to have a pot of this stuff on hand. Simply heat up the apple cider in a slow cooker or stockpot with the spices. All the kids can drink it as is and the grown-ups can add a little kick to their mug as needed. Pro tip (er, confession): We sometimes take one to-go in a coffee thermos for a cozy Trick-or-Treat roadie. It’s good way to stay warm—responsibly, of course!—as we trek from house to house.


Kentucky Mulled Cider


Apple cider

Dash of cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

1¼ oz of your favorite bourbon

Cinnamon stick or star anise pod

Orange peel strip

Warm the apple cider over low heat, stirring in the cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour the bourbon into your favorite cup, then top with the warm spiced cider. Add a cinnamon stick or star anise pod. Twist the orange peel strip to release its oils, then rub it on the rim of the glass and drop it into the drink. Cheers!


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  • Hailey Owens

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! I’m adding it to my “Drink and be Merry” board as we speak! Love you, gorgeous.

  • Sofia Buck

    Thanks for the recipe! It sounds delicious. Sadly I can only drink non-carbonated drinks. Do you have any suggestions what to use instead of the cider? 🙂
    Thanks very much!

  • Ray

    This sounds so yummy! Can’t wait to try it! Love that it can be kid friendly

  • Sancha

    Woah! I had a moment of concern there when you said the kids can drink the cider without the bourbon, because cider in the UK is alcoholic (and pretty strong). Thank God for Google, I know now American Apple cider is what we call real apple juice. Now I’ll give it a try, sounds lush.

  • Gabby Rodden

    This is awesome! Can’t wait to try it ?

  • Troy Ruscheinsky

    This looks and sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing. It will definetly warm us on those cold Northern Minnesota nights!

  • Lillain Garza

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to try it out! I’m salivating just thinking about it. Happy Autumn!

  • Brittanie

    This looks awesome! I don’t have a favorite bourbon so any recommendations? I take it you like Belleit Bourbon (the one pictured)? Is that what I should try the recipe with???

  • Monica Geisel

    Yaaaaas! I have been looking for a delicious fall drink that’s not pumpkin flavored! I need to make this right away!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Monica Geisel

    Yaaaaas! I have been looking for a delicious fall drink that’s not pumpkin flavored. I will be promptly making!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Jordy Sirkin

    Love a cider cocktail!

  • Cindy

    Thanks! I will definitely be making this!

  • Julie Rempel

    Oh wow, these all look delicious! Thanks for the inspiration!

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