Happy October! We’ve almost made it through HalloweenÂ 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 madeÂ with fresh apple ciderÂ andÂ packed with fragrant ginger and cinnamon flavor.
Use your favorite bourbon or whiskey. We used Temperance, from Bull Run Distillery in Oregon, whichÂ 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 folksÂ out there making small-batch gingerÂ beers.
It’s garnished with a whole cinnamon stick with a ribbon of redÂ apple peel wrapped around it.
If you go apple picking, grab some cider fresh from the farm.
InÂ New England, most grocery stores also carry fresh local cider inÂ 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 twistÂ for garnish
Apple slices, if you wantÂ 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 aÂ 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.