Spiced Bourbon Cocktail

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Spiced Bourbon Cocktail


When it gets cold, we enjoy a cozy bourbon drink. Whether it’s the simple Bourbon Punch or the classy Paper Plane (especially when served in a fancy glass), this apple cider bourbon cocktail is perfect for one or for a group. You can serve it before a meal with appetizers like a Cheese Board, Baked Brie, or Shrimp Cocktail. It goes well with our favorite holiday starters like Stuffed Mushrooms or Onion Cheese Ball.

Easy Bourbon Cocktail Recipe


  • Bourbon (try budget options like Old Grandad or Four Roses for punch)
  • Apple cider
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup (made with orange peel, fresh/frozen cranberries, and sugar)
  • Sparkling wine
  • Orange peel for serving

Easy Spiced Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

  1. Prepare simple syrup ahead of time, it can be made up to two weeks before.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, mix bourbon, apple cider, lemon juice, and Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup.
  3. Add ice, cover, and shake well for about 30 seconds until the shaker feels cold.
  4. Pour the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.
  5. Finish by adding sparkling wine on top and garnishing with orange peel.
  6. If serving a larger batch, consider using a punch bowl.

Storing Tips for a Batched Cranberry-Orange Drink:

  • Batching Option: Yes, you can make a batch! Prepare the amount you’ll need in advance, pour 3 ounces of sparkling wine per person on top, and add ice right before your guests arrive.
  • Storage: Keep the cranberry-orange simple syrup in a sealed container in the fridge. It stays good for up to 2 weeks.
  • Alternative Spirits: Not a fan of bourbon? No worries! This drink works well with gin or vodka too, although it might be a bit less spicy.
  • Mocktail Version: Want a non-alcoholic option? Skip the alcohol, double the lemon juice and simple syrup, and add sparkling water for a refreshing mocktail.
  • More Ideas: For additional serving suggestions, explore our Thanksgiving Roundup.
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Spiced Bourbon Cocktail

Spiced Bourbon Cocktail

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  • Author: Mekar Official
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


Our delicious spiced bourbon cocktail highlights the tastes of the season with a cranberry-orange syrup and apple cider. Enjoy it in a chilled glass for a perfect seasonal celebration.


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz apple cider
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1 oz Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup (see below)
  • Sparkling wine
  • Orange peel, for garnish


Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup:

  1. In a saucepan, simmer orange peel, cranberries, cinnamon, sugar, and ½ cup water.
  2. Stir until sugar dissolves (about 5 mins).
  3. A Cool, then strain. Store in the fridge (lasts 2 weeks).


  1. Mix bourbon, apple cider, lemon juice, and Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup in a shaker.
  2. Add ice, shake for 30 secs.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  4. Top with sparkling wine, garnish with orange peel.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: Drinks


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 275 kcal


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