Even if you don’t love Bourbon, you’re going to love this cocktail. With just 4 ingredients, this apple bourbon smash is perfect for fall or holiday parties.
I’m not a Bourbon drinker, but I love this cocktail. The apple juice and lime mask all but the slightest Bourbon taste, making it truly a drink for that non-Bourbon or dark liquor drinkers will like.
I’ll be the first to admit that Bourbon is a nice addition to a drink in the fall or winter. It has warming powers (and not just that it’s hot going down). It’s got tremendous depth of flavor. Pairing it with cinnamon and apple is pretty spectacular.
Like many classic cocktails, the Smash’s history as a cocktail is uncertain. In the last 19th century, bartenders were making a Whiskey Smash that consisted of whiskey, sugar, water, mint, and seasonal fruit. It’s very similar to a Julep, which is the same ingredients, but made with brandy. In any case, the Smash always has seasonal fruit in it.
Want to try the classic version? Here’s the recipe.
This recipe is so easy to remember, and even easier to put together. Just grab a shot glass or a cocktail jigger and measure out the parts. It needs 2 oz Bourbon, 2 oz apple juice, lime juice, and agave syrup. Serve it in a tumbler with ice and a stick of cinnamon. I also like to sprinkle a bit of freshly grated nutmeg on the top, and garnish with apple slices.
The only thing missing from a classic smash is the mint.
» If you like apple cocktails, we also suggest this delicious dessert cocktail – Caramel Apple & Spiced Rum Cocktail
This recipe makes just one Apple Bourbon Smash cocktail, so be sure to double the quantity for two! If you make this cocktail, we’d love to hear how you like it in the comments!
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Cinnamon Apple Bourbon Smash
- 2 oz Bourbon
- 2 oz apple cider
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tsp Agave syrup
- Sprinkle of cinnamon and/or nutmeg
- Apple slices
- Cinnamon stick
- Add all ingredients (except for garnish) to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Serve over ice. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon and/or nutmet, apple slices and a stick of cinnamon.