Apple Cider Old-Fashioned Cocktail

A classic cocktail with a fun fall twist!

Apple Cider Old Fashioned Cocktail | [1]

Cheers to the weekend!

Am I right??

It’s Friday and all I can do is look ahead to when the kids go to bed and I get to pour myself a big girl drink. It’s my favorite moment of the whole week. (Parents of little ones, please tell me I’m not alone!)

Right now I’m aaaall about apple-y drinks. I’m drinking plenty of hard cider, spiced apple sangria [2], and you got it, these apple cider old fashioneds. They’re going to keep me cozy even long after the first snowfall.

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My husband and I love bourbon whiskey and so old fashioneds are a staple in our house. The classic cocktail is simple— first you muddle sugar and bitters [4] together, and then you add bourbon or rye whiskey and finish it off with a twist of citrus.

To give it a fall twist, I added real apple cider and a cinnamon stick. It’s the perfect sipping drink on a crisp fall day, and a great way to ring in the weekend.


Apple Cider Old Fashioned Cocktail | [5]

Apple Cider Old Fashioned Cocktail

A classic whiskey cocktail with a fall apple twist!


  • 2 ounces (60 ml) quality apple cider or juice
  • Dash of angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 ounces (60 ml) bourbon or rye whiskey
  • Ice, for serving
  • Orange slice, for garnish
  • Apple slice, for garnish
  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish


  • In a lowball glass, combine the apple juice, bitters, and sugar. Swirl glass around until mixture is combined and sugar is dissolved. Add the ice and whiskey. Top with orange, apple slices, and a cinnamon stick.

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This recipe was originally published October 2013. Photos have been updated.

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