New England Hard Apple Cider

Bottoms up! This apple cider cocktail will have you coming back for more. A splash of bourbon and a dash of orange bitters topped off with fresh apple cider – this whiskey apple cider drink is a perfect way to relax on a fall day!

Hard Apple Cider New England Style

If you love a good bourbon whiskey, you know it’s important to hone your craft of creating new drinks which compliment your favorite bourbon perfectly. Notably, fall is apple picking season here in New England and there’s never a shortage of fresh apples! We love tossing apples into almost any recipe, including this delicious easy apple jam, but today we’re making a nice apple cider cocktail.

Easy Whiskey Apple Cider Cocktail

Sure you can have your whiskey neat, over ice or in a glass of cola. But if you’re looking for a bourbon drink that’s a little more classy, with a down to earth New England flavor without much extra effort – this easy bourbon drink recipe is exactly what you’ve been looking for! Made with apple cider, whiskey, bitters and brown sugar with a cinnamon stick for a simple garnish, you’ll be relaxing in no time!

Apple Cider Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

Regardless of the time of year, you can always grab apple cider at your local market and make this whiskey hard apple cider drink. Kick back and enjoy!

Hard Apple Cider with Whiskey Recipe

Making this hard apple cider whiskey recipe is a snap! All you need is your favorite whiskey (I happen to like the cheap stuff — shhh don’t tell anyone!),  orange or blood orange bitters, brown sugar, a lemon or lemon juice and of a cinnamon stick for a little kick. I like to use oranges and/or apples as garnish as well – that’s up to you!

Don’t forget your whiskey glasses!

Hard Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

Serves 1

New England Hard Apple Cider

A delicious twist on old fashioned apple cider. Add a splash of this and a dash of that to create a nice apple cider cocktail.

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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2 oz bourbon / whiskey
2 oz apple cider
1 tsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp (quick squeeze) lemon juice
1 Dash of blood orange bitters or squeeze of fresh orange
Orange slices, apple slices or cinnamon sticks for garnish


  • In a whiskey glass, stir together bourbon, apple cider, lemon juice, orange bitters or orange juice, and brown sugar until brown sugar is dissolved
  • Garnish and serve!
Recipe Type: Cocktail

Do you have a favorite fall cocktail?