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Bourbon Apple Cider Fizz Cocktail

Prep Time: 20 minutes
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Bourbon Apple Cider Fizz Cocktail

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This bourbon apple cider fizz is a really easy, festive cocktail that can be made in pitcher form to serve a crowd. If you want a slightly less boozy cocktail, substitute in sparkling apple cider. Now, I know some of you grumble about having a component you have to make yourself.

Great cocktails require a little bit of elbow grease. And the preparations for this syrup are as simple as throwing everything in a pot over a low flame, setting a timer, and sitting down to watch an episode of your favorite show on Netflix. You’ll look like a pro-bartender at your next gathering. Enjoy!

How to make a Bourbon Apple Cider Fizz Cocktail

This recipe is so easy to make and it’s easy to make a whole pitcher for a party.

Tools Needed

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Bourbon. Bourbon is hands-down my favorite spirit for this cocktail but you can also swap in an American Whiskey. This recipe would also be great with a darker rum.
  • Apple Cider. Tis’ the season for real apple cider, so try and get the good stuff! Look for freshly pressed apple cider in the refrigerated produce area of your grocery store.
  • Sparkling wine. I like making this cocktail with a dry sparkling wine for extra fizz. If you want to cut down on the alcohol, try swapping in some sparkling apple cider.
  • Vanilla bean. A real vanilla bean totally makes the apple cider syrup, but you can swap in vanilla extract if necessary.
  • Cinnamon sticks. Use cinnamon sticks to flavor the syrup and for a fun cocktail garnish.

bourbon apple cider fizz cocktail

Having a party? Make a Bourbon Apple Cider Fizz Pitcher! (8-10 Servings)

I love making this bourbon apple cider fizz for a crowd and it’s so easy to make a pitcher. Just follow the instructions below.

In a large pitcher combine:

  • 2 cups bourbon
  • 2 cups apple cider syrup (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

Never add ice to the pitcher as this dilutes the drink. Stir well to combine and when it’s time to serve, pour into cocktail glasses filled with ice and top with sparkling wine or apple cider.

bourbon apple cider fizz cocktail


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Bourbon Apple Cider Fizz Cocktail

I love a good holiday cocktail and this one is so easy and delicious! It can easily be made non-alcoholic so that everyone can enjoy!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 1 cocktail


Bourbon Apple Cider Fizz

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 2 oz apple cider syrup
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 oz sparkling wine or sparkling apple cider
  • cranberries for garnish
  • ice

Apple Cider Syrup

  • 3 cups good quality apple cider
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla bean split in half


  • To make the apple cider syrup: combine apple cider, cinnamon sticks and vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Simmer until reduced to 3/4 cup (about 20-30 min) and remove from heat. Stir in brown sugar and allow to cool to room temperature. Discard cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean and store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week or in the fridge for 1 month.
  • To make the cocktail: Combine bourbon, apple cider syrup, lemon juice and a bit of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 10 seconds and strain into a glass with ice. Top with sparkling wine or sparkling apple cider and garnish with cranberries.


This recipe can be multiplied as many times as necessary to make a pitcher. Keep the sparkling wine/cider separate until ready to serve.
If you want a less boozy cocktail, use sparkling apple cider instead of sparkling wine.

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  1. This looks awesome! We are having a harvest themed dinner in our yard Saturday night with your pork shoulder braised in cider and I think these will go amazingly well. I’m new to your website – really like what I am seeing, thank you so much!

    • Thank you so much for your sweet encouragement Jane! Love the idea of this dinner and finding several recipes to use up your apple cider. Hope it’s all a hit! If you need another cider recipe, I do have an apple cider donut cake recipe that is SO good. Thank you again!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this cocktail for the first day of apple picking in the Midwest. Love the combination or flavors and got rave reviews from the family. Will definitely make again!!

    • 5 stars
      My family & I decided to make this our Christmas 2020 cocktail & we are so glad we did because it literally tastes like what I would imagine Christmas would taste like if it was a cocktail! We didn’t have cranberries so we substituted a dark cherry. Very festive and fitting for the occasion!