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
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!
Thank you so much for sharing this!! I’m adding it to my “Drink and be Merry” board as we speak! Love you, gorgeous.
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!
This sounds so yummy! Can’t wait to try it! Love that it can be kid friendly
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.
This is awesome! Can’t wait to try it ?
This looks and sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing. It will definetly warm us on those cold Northern Minnesota nights!
Thank you for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to try it out! I’m salivating just thinking about it. Happy Autumn!
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???
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!
Yaaaaas! I have been looking for a delicious fall drink that’s not pumpkin flavored. I will be promptly making!
Thanks for sharing!
Love a cider cocktail!
Thanks! I will definitely be making this!
Oh wow, these all look delicious! Thanks for the inspiration!