Becky Luigart Stayner
Active Time
10 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Yield
Serves 1 (serving size: 7 1/2 oz.)

This spicy, festive drink is going to be a hit with your cocktail crowd. Serve to guests as a pre-dinner cocktail on Thanksgiving or mix up a batch and kick up a casual dinner with friends. Seasonal flavors abound in each sip thanks to hard cider and our oh-so-delicious Spiced Simple Syrup, which will delight taste buds with notes of cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, ginger, peppercorns, and fennel seeds. We recommend serving this cocktail immediately for zippiest, fizziest, results. This recipe calls for serving in a Collins glass, but no need to go out and buy a set if you don’t already own this glassware variety. Any glass you have on hand will work. Of course, presentation is everything; so don’t skimp on the lemon wedge garnish. That will also give sippers a clue as to the flavors that they’ll be enjoying. When preparing this cocktail be sure to allow enough time for the simple syrup to steep and cool. It will take about an hour and a half for the whole process from start to finish. If you’re looking to create a full menu around this cocktail, look no further than our delicious and crisp Apple Recipes. They’re the perfect accompaniment to this fizzy cocktail. For dessert, give the night a sweet ending with our Apple-Pecan Carrot Cake. It’s perfectly sweet, delightfully rustic, and absolutely decadent. If you’re looking for more ways to use your favorite bourbon, check out our delicious list of 21 Southern Bourbon Cocktails

How to Make It

Combine bourbon, soda water, hard cider, Spiced Simple Syrup, and lemon juice in a Collins glass filled with ice. Squeeze lemon wedge over cocktail. Serve immediately.