Apple Cider Ginger Bourbon Smash

by Kaylene
1 drink
5 min

This apple cider ginger bourbon smash is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail that will be the cherry (or apple) on top of your holiday. Easy to make and even easier to sip on.

What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Of course, the dinner is high up on my list or the  pumpkin pie. But honestly, my favorite part is the time before dinner. Hanging out with family, chatting and sipping on a fall drink.

It’s the part of the holiday that feels like the “break” to me. The moments between basting and mashing potatoes that is so relaxing and really what the holidays are about. The togetherness, not the drinking : ) well, maybe a little bit about this drinking.

Whiskey and ginger ale is usually my go-to drink because I am seriously obsessed with ginger. Check out my  Ginger Cranberry Gin Fizz or  Grapefruit Ginger Bourbon Slush recipes. But this year, I wanted to create a fall-flavored cocktail that I could sip on all night.

Are you hosting this year? We are not hosting so I am seriously looking forward to sipping this drink. My husband, Tyler has to work some crazy early hours the days leading up to Thanksgiving and the days after. I know, yuck! He works in a bakery and well, people like their bread on the holidays!

Since he will be half asleep on Thanksgiving we are having a small dinner for just the two of us. As much as I am bummed that we won’t see our family, I am secretly excited that I can stay in my PJ’s and baste my small turkey. This also means I can sip on my apple cider ginger smash knowing that I get to stay home!

My excitement is combined with that and the fact that this drink is SO GOOD! The apple cider and ginger mix together so well creating a sweetness that has a bit of a zing. The classic fall spices are mixed right in to add an extra fall flavor punch.

Apple Cider Ginger Bourbon Smash
Recipe details
  • 1  drink
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 5 min
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  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup ginger beer or ginger ale
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

In a cocktail shaker, combine apple cider, ginger beer, bourbon, orange zest and juice, cinnamon and ground cloves and shake until combined.
Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with cinnamon stick or sliced apple and enjoy!
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