If you love apple cider, this apple bourbon cocktail should go onto your happy hour drink list! The crisp apple flavor blends beautifully with bourbon and adds a hint of cinnamon, and you have the perfect fall cocktail!

The top view of two apple rum cocktails.

Fall is all about warm flavors. Cinnamon, apple, and all things comfort. This apple bourbon cocktail recipe is delicious, served warm and cold! You can use fresh or store-bought cider, which makes it so easy.

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Why we love this cocktail:

  1. It has incredible flavors; you can make it with only a few simple ingredients.
  2. Bourbon is gluten free. (But do read the label to be sure there are no added ingredients.)
  3. Serve it hot in a mug, straight up, or over ice!

Ingredient Notes:

  • Bourbon – I love the flavor of apple cider and bourbon, and it is my alcohol of choice for this recipe. It has a sweetly mellow flavor that works so well with the cinnamon and apple flavors.
  • Apple cider – You can also use mulled apple cider. If you can’t find cider or mulled cider, you can heat your apple juice with a cinnamon stick to get some of the flavors.
  • Honey – I used this for the rim so the cinnamon sugar would stick. You do not have to use expensive honey. Just use an inexpensive wildflower or another honey type.

I admit I am partial to bourbon, and if you love bourbon as I do, you will want to try this Crushed Grape Bourbon Cocktail.

A glass of bourbon apple cider. An apple slice is garnishing the glass and a cinnamon stick is in the drink.

Step-By-Step Directions:

  1. Grab a shaker and fill it with ice.
  2. Pour the ingredients into the shaker. Close the lid and shake to blend them all together.
  3. Add honey to the rim. I recommend applying a tiny bit of honey to the glass rim with a Q-tip.
  4. Next, roll the rim in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Pretty picture or not so pretty, this apple bourbon cocktail recipe is so worth making!!
  5. Pour the drink into your glass and enjoy!
  6. Add the ingredients to a saucepan if you want to drink this hot. Simmer for 15 minutes and serve in a mug.

If you aren’t a bourbon drinker, you can use several different liquors in this cocktail. Some are better than others. Are you ready to try this Bourbon Apple Cider recipe?

Frequently Asked Questions:

What kind of apple cider is best for this bourbon cider cocktail?

The word cider is a little generic. If you can find it, you want a cider made with crisp, slightly tart apples for this cocktail. My favorites are Gravenstein apple cider and Fuji apple cider. Fresh ciders from the farmer’s market are especially good.

What else can you spike apple cider with?

We love to spike our apple cider…here are some of our favorite liquors: dark rum, whiskey, vodka, and white run.

Can you make this a frozen drink?

You can absolutely make this a frozen drink by adding it to a blender with ice! Blend it until smooth.

What Alcohol Goes Best With Apple Cider?

  • Rum works well with apple cider because it is on the sweeter side. You could even drizzle a little dark rum on top.
  • Honey Liquor is really good if you want something different. I used honey liquor in these Honey Strawberry Gin Cocktails, which was delicious!
  • Vodka will work in this cocktail, but it will not be as sweet.
Two glasses of bourbon apple cider cocktail. A cinnamon stick is in the glass and both glasses are garnished with apple slices.

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If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

The top view of two apple cider cocktails. The glasses are garnished with apple slices.

Apple Bourbon Cocktail

Sandi Gaertner
An easy cinnamon bourbon apple cider cocktail recipe.
4.82 from 11 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Cocktail Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 215 kcal


  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker.
  • Put on the lid and shake.
  • Use the strainer to pour into two glasses.
  • This bourbon apple cider cocktail can be served straight up or on the rocks.
  • Optional, rub honey along the rim and dip into cinnamon sugar


The word cider is a little generic. For this cocktail, you want a cider made with crisp, slightly tart apples if you can find that. My favorites are Gravenstein apple cider and Fuji apple cider. Fresh ciders from the farmer’s market are especially good.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 187mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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This post was updated from an older October 2017 post with more detailed instructions.

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    1. Hi Mia, most distilled alcohol is gluten free.

      Pure distilled liquors are gluten free because any potential gluten proteins are removed in the distillation process. The distillation process heats fermented juice until it vaporizes. This vapor is condensed into an alcoholic liquid. During the process, lower boiling point components are separated out from the higher boiling point components. Gluten has a very high boiling point so it is removed in distillation, leaving the end product gluten free. This process is why most distilled alcohol is gluten free.

  1. 5 stars
    I so desperately want to head up to Apple Hill east of Sacramento for apples and cider and all things fall. Now with this drink it’s a MUST 😀 Fall is such a wonderful time of the year and I’m looking forward to celebrating with this delicious drink – cheers!