I’m still stoked that the Fall season is here, even if it doesn’t feel that way. The Juicy & Tender Roasted Pork Loin I just made was a nice way to welcome the season, but I feel like I need a cocktail to really welcome it. This Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail just screams Fall and I think it will be the perfect followup to that pork roast. Let’s find out!
Apple cider meets a shot of bourbon and they shake things up with apple butter, fresh orange & lime juice and spices.
I found a bottle of Knob Creek at the back of our bar cabinet–lucky me! It’s slightly stronger than the Bulleit I used in last week’s Blueberry Mint Julep (100 proof versus 90 proof), and I thought that would make it excellent for this apple cider bourbon cocktail. There are a lot of mixers in this recipe, especially apple cider, so I’m thinking stronger bourbon is necessary here.
Speaking of mixers, this one has some citrus, a few spices, and apple butter. I’ve never had apple butter, so I’m looking forward to trying it. The brown sugar is just for rimming the glass and doesn’t actually go into the cocktail.
So making this bourbon cocktail wasn’t difficult at all, but it did nearly fill my largest cocktail shaker (it holds 25 ounces). Like to the point that I was barely able to add ice. Must have been the 2 shots of bourbon LOL! You might want to make it in two batches if you have a small cocktail shaker.
Otherwise, things went pretty smoothly. The one thing I wasn’t sure of was whether or not to juice the lime and add that to the cocktail. The list of ingredients calls for the juice of one lime, but the instructions only mention the lime in regard to rimming the glass with brown sugar.
I decided to add the lime juice to the cocktail after I rimmed the glasses, and I liked the result. It added just a little lip-smacking tartness to this sweet drink. Or drinks–I got nearly three cocktails out of it.
If you’re in the market for a cocktail shaker, this model is comparable to my large one in looks and features (I don’t know the brand of mine).