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Festive and Cozy Honey Bourbon Cider Cocktail Recipe Is The Perfect Way to Celebrate

Muddling ginger and rosemary until fragrant is the easy secret to fast flavor in these refreshers.

Between all the holiday baking, shopping and gift wrapping, sometimes you just want to sit back and relax by the fire. And what better way to spread cheer with loved ones than with a tantalizing tipple. That’s why we came up with this Honey Bourbon Cider Cocktail recipe.

First, we muddle a few simple ingredients. Muddling, or lightly mashing, is a technique used to infuse flavor into all sorts of cocktails. Mixologists use a muddler to do the job. But there’s no need to buy one to whip up fancy cocktails at home — the back of a wooden spoon works just as easily. For our Honey Bourbon Cider Cocktail recipe we use fresh ginger, rosemary and honey. Ginger and rosemary add zing while honey imparts a subtle sweet note that pairs perfectly with bourbon. Then, we splash in orange juice and top the tipple off with cider. It’s the perfect seasonal sip for a holiday get-together. Give it a try and send us a comment below.

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2 serving

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  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 oz. honey
  • 1½ oz. fresh orange juice
  • 3 oz. bourbon
  • Ice cubes
  • 4 oz. sparkling apple cider
  • Orange slices
  • Cinnamon stick and star anise pods


In cocktail shaker, mix ginger, rosemary and honey. Using back of wooden spoon, muddle mixture until ginger breaks down and flavors come together. Add orange juice and bourbon along with some ice and shake to combine. Add ice to 2 rocks glasses. Divide bourbon mixture between glasses, then top off with cider. Add orange slices. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and star anise pods.

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