Maple Bourbon Cider

maple bourbon cider

12 tips for surviving the holiday season:

1. Mistletoe. Stay away from it & you’ll avoid close to 80% of all holiday awkwardness.

2. Bring booze to a party. The party can start once you arrive.

3. Drink a glass of water for every boozy drink you drink. You just have to.

4. When your mother asks you AGAIN when you’re having another baby, distract her with booze.

5. Drink booze when you find out you did not get a Christmas bonus.

6. If you DO get a Christmas bonus, buy a nice bottle of booze. Buy one for your boss too. You both deserve it.

7. Gift cards are awesome. Whoever said they weren’t thoughtful, clearly doesn’t get it.

8. If you ate too many cookies don’t feel bad. Just eat salad for the next few meals. Also, inhale kale.

9. Keep tabs on who’s around you when you open presents. This is important information for future re-gifting.

10. If you plan on wearing an ironic/bedazzled Christmas sweater, avoid open flames.

11. Whenever there’s awkwardness in a conversation, blurt out the word YULE LOG.

12. Host a Christmas party and make Maple Bourbon Cider. Make some cheese straws while you’re at it.

Now that you have some tips, let’s talk about #12. This drink is aces! Pleasantly strong, not too sweet & a bit masculine with a touch of femininity (did I really just say that?). It will put hair on your chest and get you ready to ask your boss for a raise. Just kidding! Sorta. If it’s too strong, just add more cider. I may have done that. Actually, yeah I did. It’s super good!

Let’s get this party started!

So you gather your ingredients…

maple bourbon cider

Check out the bourbon inventory! Niiiiiice.

maple bourbon cider

Put some ice into a shaker, add some lemon juice, some cider…

maple bourbon cider

and booze!

maple bourbon cider

Oh look. A little bit of maple syrup!  I might have photo-shopped one of my chipped nails in this photo.

It’s definitely not the pointer. That one could use a little work.

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Put the lid on. Secure it. ALWAYS SECURE IT. Now shake!

maple bourbon cider

And pour.

maple bourbon cider

A dash of cayenne if you’re feeling spicy. Stir it into the drink. Your lips will thank you.

maple bourbon cider

And we’re ready!

maple bourbon cider

Let’s go attack holiday awkwardness now!

Maple Bourbon Cider

Makes 2 drinks

(recipe adapted from Everyday Food Magazine)

  • 3 oz. bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • cayenne pepper (totally optional)
  • lemon slices for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup and apple cider. Put the lid on and shake vigorously. Strain into glasses and top each with a pinch of cayenne pepper. Add a lemon slice for garnish.

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  • December 6, 2011

    Ahahaahah just died. Everything comes back to de booze.

  • December 6, 2011

    In a perfect world where life was an endless party, I would totally commission you to be my bartender. You always have the best drink recipes

  • December 6, 2011

    Yes please!

  • December 6, 2011

    Cheers!!! :-))

  • December 6, 2011

    Stop trying to make me fall in love with you. ;)

    • December 6, 2011

      Hahaha! I cant help it.

  • December 6, 2011

    Booze solves everything during the Holidays. This looks delicious. Your cocktails do not disappoint!

  • December 6, 2011

    oh if only i could drink right now…these look incredible!

  • December 6, 2011

    I love bourbon, especially during the winter. My favorite lately has been hot cider with Spicebox Whiskey. So freaking good. This drink sounds a wee bit similar, and perfect for when we run out of the Spicebox, which is going to happen any day now. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • December 6, 2011

    I definitely need some help with #4! Except, not another baby, just a first baby…oh jeez…good thing my mom’s a light weight!
    I’m definitely going to make this drink…I love everything in it!

    • December 6, 2011

      4 years ago it was all about when are you gonna have a baby?!? It never ends.

  • Carly
    December 6, 2011

    Ooh, love this! I had a similar drink at a swanky cocktail bar in manhattan, and I think they added a splash of ginger ale too– i was obsessed with it. This will be my official holiday drink I think. Thanks!

  • December 6, 2011

    Mmm hmm. Your timing on this one is perfect, as my boss has gathered us twice today to not announce that we got a bonus. No booze for him, but booze for me!

    • December 6, 2011

      In the same boat. Let’s get toasted!

  • December 6, 2011

    Lurve bourbon! This looks delish!

  • December 6, 2011

    If someone yells YULE LOG!, you know it’s time for another round of maple bourbon cider… :)

  • December 6, 2011

    Yum! Let’s go get awkward!

  • December 6, 2011

    I love love love your cocktail recipes! Also, I love bourbon.

  • Katherine
    December 6, 2011

    Good god I need a beverage! I just love holiday awkwardness and solving it with booze!

  • December 6, 2011

    Oh yes, I can get behind this holiday tradition! This does look like a persuasive drink to solve all awkward encounters. Nice work!

  • December 6, 2011

    Oh, maple booze sounds heavenly.

  • Lacy
    December 6, 2011

    Sounds like a revamped version of the master cleanse lemonade.. With booze!! Perhaps I can actually do it now!

  • December 6, 2011

    Now THIS is a great cocktail for the holidays :) Love the addition of cayenne to the mix.

  • December 6, 2011

    Hahahah great advice!! Cheese straws are definitely getting made this holiday season!!

  • December 6, 2011

    1. I have the ginormous bottle of Knob Creek you see at BevMo and think “who would buy such a giant bottle of bourbon?” Me. I put it in everything.

    2. I do as much kale face-stuffing as possible. It’s a wonderful habit.

    3. Thank you for validating my love of giftcards. Giving the gift of shopping? Excellent.

    4. When the conversation gets awkward, I make a comment about where the GOOD Christmas music is. Generally that either gets some movement to change the song or a discussion on people’s favs. Win!

    5. I am making this drink tonight. Think it’d be good warmed up? It’s positively frigid in San Diego this week.

    • December 6, 2011

      1. You leave the best comments.
      2. This music topic is brilliant!
      3. Gift cards are the bomb!
      4. Happy holidays, friend!
      5. Share your booze!

  • MaryBeth
    December 6, 2011

    YULE LOG! hahaha! I couldn’t stop laughing, thanks for putting a smile on my face! :)

  • December 6, 2011

    haha love these tips!

  • December 6, 2011

    Just reading this put in a better mood. We had the meeting at work yesterday where #5 was made evident. Maple bourbon cider right here please!

    • December 6, 2011

      I’ll be there right with you! Cheers!

  • December 6, 2011

    I love the dash of cayenne! Thanks for posting a cold cider drink! Don’t get me wrong, I love hot cider with or without alcohol, but I’m still adjusting to warm-weather Christmas after my recent move and while I would love nothing more than something mulled, it just doesn’t jell.
    Thanks again!

  • December 7, 2011

    Tracy! We’re drinking the SAME KOOL-AID: remember how you said you were going to make popovers on the blog but I beat you to it? Well I was going to make these!! Cut it out of Martha Stewart weeks back. Just bought new bourbon last weekend … now I’m doubly excited!

    • December 7, 2011

      I love this. We’re mind twins. CLEARLY.

  • December 10, 2011

    FACT 1 : This inspired a webcam drinking date with a long-distance friend.
    (not a man friend, just a gal pal!)

    FACT 2: It helped us discover that webcam drinking dates are prettty fun.

    FACT 3: We’ll be doing it again. And drinking this again. ASAP.

    Thanks!!

  • December 13, 2011

    such a fabulous list. love the one about your mom/baby ;)

  • December 17, 2011

    Dear Tracy- I had a bourbon tasting party last night and just have to tell you about it! I set up a make-your-own maple bourbon cider station. I also had a huge pot of mulled vanilla bean cider on the stove and various bourbons to add to each. This cocktail was a HUGE hit! And the party favors people could take home? Your pear cranberry walnut bread. Yes, oh, yes! Thank you for such wonderful recipes!!! Happy Holidays!!!!

    • December 17, 2011

      ERICA!!! Look at you! This is FANTASTIC. Way to work it, girl!!!!

  • December 17, 2011

    It was a fabulous time! Just blogged all about it! Thanks again!!!
    http://notquitegourmet.com/2011/12/17/bourbon-goodness/

  • Lisa
    December 18, 2011

    Everyone adored this drink. When I ran out of Maple Syrup, I added a dollop of cinnamon Schnapps. Delicious!

  • December 18, 2011

    Love it!! & YES just avoid the comments about a second child…although having two is awesome…
    Enjoy the Bourbon so wish I had some right now! Mmmmm cheese straws ( that was said in my Homer Simpsons voice :)

  • Chip
    December 22, 2011

    We are going to try this receipe tomorrow. ‘ can’t wait.

  • mani
    April 17, 2014

    hello! this comment is long overdue. made these for nye party and they were a megahit. everyone, especially the hosts, loved it. i could–and will–drink this all year long. many thanks for the recipe.

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