My husband and I have really grown in to liking bourbon. There is something so warm and comforting about it. And when you get a decent bottle (you don’t have to spend a ton, but definitely don’t choose something from the very bottom shelf) it doesn’t burn as if you are drinking paint thinner. Whiskey drinks are part of our holiday family traditions and so there is a certain level of sentimentality to it as well. It’s still supposed to be winter here (although it really isn’t acting like it) so I thought an apple bourbon cocktail recipe seemed like a good idea. Trust me, we still do bourbon cocktails in summer, but they really are perfect on a winter night. Even if you are wearing shorts.
This cocktail came about because I found the cutest bottle of apple juice at Target. I mean, how darling is that bottle! I knew I had to use it somehow. And it’s all natural, cold pressed, yada yada yada. It’s more than just a pretty face. And apple juice and bourbon seemed like a really great idea.
And I LOVE LOVE LOVE fresh citrus in my cocktails. It adds so much to a drink. So to keep it on the wintery side, I added fresh orange and lemon juice. With a touch of amaretto because why not. Amaretto is delicious. And it reminds me of clubbing in my college days when I didn’t know what cocktail to order so I would get an amaretto sour. How classy, right?
What is your favorite way to drink bourbon? I love me a Kentucky mule! Just use this recipe for a Mexican Mule and swap out the tequila for bourbon!
Need more bourbon cocktail recipes?
Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail
- 1½ oz Bourbon
- 1 oz apple juice
- ½ oz fresh squeezed orange juice
- ½ oz fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
- ½ oz Amaretto
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice.
- Shake well and strain over fresh ice in a lowball glass.