Apple Cider Whiskey Cocktail

Recipes, Things to Drink

This apple cider cocktail is a perfect beverage to serve on Thanksgiving or at a holiday party.

The holiday season is my very favorite.

As much as I love the summer, I love even more the festivities, parties and excuse to do some no-holds-barred online shopping during the most wonderful time of the year.

It’s also a great time of year for cocktails. Although I don’t like most sweet cocktails (poolside mojitos not withstanding) I will make an exception though for an apple cider cocktail — especially when it’s spiked with apple whiskey for extra flavor.Earlier this month, I impulsively purchased Leopold Bros. New York Apple Whiskey from Foxtrot Market. They had a recipe for an apple cider cocktail that looked so festive and seasonal — perfect for entertaining — and I knew I would need to create my own so I could be festive and seasonal too.

Although Brad and I rarely drink hard liquor at home, we do keep a well-stocked bar for entertaining and this is definitely a fun whiskey for mixing cocktails. I’d also like to try to make an Apple Old Fashioned, and I bet this would make a really delicious syrup for baking, too. If you are a whiskey enthusiast, Leopold Bros. also produces whiskey infused with peach, cherry, and blackberry along with your standard issue small batch variety.

These can be served warm or cold. I personally prefer spiced apple cider warmed, but you should do you.

Apple Cider Whiskey Cocktail
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Serves: 2 cocktails
  • 4 ounces whiskey
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 8 ounces apple cider
  1. To serve cold, place ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Add whiskey, lemon juice and apple cider. Shake until thoroughly chilled. Divide into two glasses and serve over ice with a cinnamon stick or rosemary sprig as garnish.
  2. To serve warm, heat apple cider and lemon juice in a saucepan over low heat until thoroughly warmed. Add whiskey. Divide into two glasses and serve with a cinnamon stick or rosemary sprig as garnish.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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