Autumn Apple Cider Mash

The Autumn Apple Cider Mash cocktail is inspired by fresh, unfiltered, locally produced apple cider becoming available in the market, making us think of Autumn. Depending on where you live, the weather may or may not underscore this feeling. Living in the Southern California desert, October days and nights are not quite cool enough to give you the feeling of Autumn; we decided to make both warm and cold versions of this cocktail. Both versions infuse the fresh apple cider with the warmth of cinnamon. When it is below 40 F or 4 C, the warm Autumn Apple Cider Mash will warm you from the inside out. If it is over 100 F or 38 C, serve in a tall glass over ice to cool and relax you. Enjoy either version with some Ajvar Eggplant Red Pepper Spread, a cheese assortment and Cream Cheese Celery Sticks for a tasty cocktail hour. This Autumn Apple Cider Mash cocktail is scary good but don’t be afraid to make and enjoy some tonight! Happy Halloween!

Autumn Apple Cider Mash

Total Time: 5 minutes. Serves 2.

Support Cook and Eat at Home. Purchase a PDF of the Autumn Apple Cider Mash recipe for $1.00.


  • 1 1/3 cups unfiltered Apple Cider
  • 2 ½ oz Sour Mash Bourbon
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • Ice cubes for cold version

Preparation (warm):

  1. Combine the apple cider and sour mash bourbon in a microwave safe container
  2. Heat on high for 1 to 1 ½ minutes
  3. Place a cinnamon stick in each short whiskey glass, pour the heated cider and sour mash into each glass and serve.

Preparation (cold):

  1. Combine apple cider, sour mash bourbon and a cinnamon stick in each of two tall tumbler glasses and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Add ice cubes and serve.

Autumn Apple Cider Mash


  • Feel free to increase the sour mash bourbon and experiment with different types of bourbon too when preparing Autumn Apple Cider Mash cocktails.