If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I love a good cocktail! In fact, every Thursday we kickoff the weekend with a Friday Eve cocktail. This series was birthed out of my passion for the food and cocktail experience and to be completely honest, the pandemic played a big part too. I made this Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail for a few friends and based on the refills, the 90’s R&B playlist, and good vibes it’s safe to say that this cocktail is a hit.
One of the reasons I enjoy making craft cocktails is because I can be creative and as long as the flavors are balanced there aren’t too many rules that you need to follow in order to create a good cocktail.
The Bourbon Apple Cider is one that is probably best enjoyed during the fall and winter months because of its seasonal apple flavor, spicy bourbon notes, and crisp finish. As for the bourbon, I love Bulleit. I think it’s a very smooth and authentic in flavor however, you can use whatever bourbon you enjoy the most.
Also, please know that this cocktail is best made with apple cider, not apple juice. Cider provides the right amount of concentrated apple flavor that works well with the bourbon.
The angostura aromatic bitters add the right amount of aromatics and spice to the cocktail. If you don’t have them, it’s okay but I encourage you to grab a bottle the next time you’re at the grocery store. Bitters really enhance the flavors of almost any cocktail.
The last ingredient in this cocktail is the hard apple cider. In the photo I’m using a rosé apple cider and truly any cider will work well in this cocktail. I like to float the cider onto the cocktail to create separation in the colors. Trust me, your friends and family will love watching you float in the cider. All you need is a spoon and you will want to angle the spoon up against the glass (as pictured) and pour the cider onto the back of the spoon. That’s it, enjoy!
How to make a Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail
Add the bourbon, cider, bitters, and ice to a shaker and shake until chilled. Add ice to a cocktail glass and pour the mixture over the ice. Float in the hard cider and enjoy!