Happy October! We’ve almost made it through Halloween season here in Salem, Massachusetts.
Only a few more days to go until the big party. (Check out pictures of last Halloween in Salem, MA here.)
To say that it’s cocktail season here is an understatement.
This cocktail is made with fresh apple cider and packed with fragrant ginger and cinnamon flavor.
Use your favorite bourbon or whiskey. We used Temperance, from Bull Run Distillery in Oregon, which we like a lot.
It has a higher proof, so it packs quite a punch.
We used regular old ginger ale from the supermarket, but by all means, use your favorite brand.
There are some great folks out there making small-batch ginger beers.
It’s garnished with a whole cinnamon stick with a ribbon of red apple peel wrapped around it.
If you go apple picking, grab some cider fresh from the farm.
In New England, most grocery stores also carry fresh local cider in September and October.
Autumn Apple Cider and Bourbon Cocktail
1 1/2 oz. bourbon or whiskey
2 oz. fresh apple cider
2 oz. ginger ale
Cinnamon stick w/apple peel twist for garnish
Apple slices, if you want an additional garnish
Shake up your apple cider cocktail
Fill a shaker half full with ice.
Pour in the bourbon or whiskey and apple cider.
Fill a rocks glass 3/4 full with ice.
Cap your shaker and give it a couple of good shakes to mix and chill.
Serve and enjoy!
Pour over ice.
Top with ginger ale.
Serve garnished with a cinnamon stick with a twist of apple peel wrapped around it.
You can totally also add a few slices of apple to the rim, too…or even rim the glass with cinnamon sugar if you want something a little fancier and sweeter.