Fresh, crisp apple cider takes on a grown-up twist in this simple fall-favourite cocktail. With just a few ingredients, this cocktail whips up quickly for a cozy night by the fire place, or the next fall weekend at the cottage, or your Sunday afternoon football game, or Thanksgiving celebration!


Time: 5 minutes Yield: 2 cocktails


1 Tbsp granulated sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 wedge of lemon

6 oz (3/4 cup) apple cider, chilled

4 oz (1/2 cup) bourbon

1 oz (2 Tbsp) fresh lemon juice

4 oz (1/2 cup) ginger beer

2 thin slices from an apple, for garnish



On a small, flat plate combine the sugar and cinnamon. Rub the cut side of the lemon slice along the rim of 2 wine or highball glasses to moisten. Dip the rim of the glasses in the cinnamon sugar to coat.

Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice. Add the apple cider, bourbon and lemon juice; shake until well chilled. Strain and divide the cocktail between the two glasses. Add half of the ginger beer (2oz/ 1/4 cup) to each glass and briefly stir to mix. Garnish with apple slices.


Smokey, salty things will both match and contrast beautifully with the sweet and smokey flavours of this drink. A board with an aged cheddar, smoked nuts and prosciutto would be the perfect cocktail hour compliment.

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