Apple Bourbon Smash
Yield: 1 drink
The warm notes of Bourbon complement the sweetness of apples in this lightly effervescent cocktail that can be made in a minute!  Prefer a mocktail? Just skip the Bourbon!  


  • 1½ ounces (3 tablespoons) Bourbon*
  •  3½ ounces (7 tablespoons) sparkling apple cider
  • Garnishes: ground cinnamon and a thin slice of apple


  1. Pour the Bourbon and sparkling apple cider into and ice-filled glass. Add the apple slice and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

    The warm notes of cinnamon really complement this drink. The apple slice tastes extra special after steeping in the cocktail over time, so feel free to add two.



*Feel free to use your favorite bourbon. For those who’d like a recommendation, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, and Wild Turkey are all good choices. There are also an increasing number of small batch and regional whiskeys that you may enjoy trying in this cocktail.

Prefer a non-alcoholic alternative? Simply pour a glass of sparkling cider over ice and garnish with the apple and cinnamon. You can even serve this in a champagne flute to make it fancy.

A few more things:
I usually buy Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider although other good brands are available. Leftovers will keep for several days. If you didn’t save the cap, simply cover the top with a small piece of plastic wrap.
Splits (smaller bottles, often sold in a 4-pack) of sparkling apple cider are available at some stores (I’ve found them at Target) and are especially convenient if you’d like to make one of two drinks.
Finally, I recommend plain sparkling apple cider, as I have not tried the flavored varieties like apple-cranberry and apple-grape. That said, if you try and like, please report back!


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