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Bourbon Spiced Cider

Get inspired by the Kentucky Derby with this holiday cocktail

Spice up a classic holiday drink with this bourbon spiced cider. This Southern-style drink was crafted by Monica Wolf, bourbon connoisseur of the Kentucky Derby.

Recipe courtesy of Monica Wolf, bourbon ambassador of the Kentucky Derby.


  • 4 cups apple cider
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, plus 1 for garnish
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/2 piece ginger, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 1/2 cups bourbon
  • Lemon peel, for garnish
  • Granny Smith apple matchsticks, for garnish


In a pot, place cider, lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, clove, ginger, and allspice. Bring to a simmer.

Simmer for 10 minutes, cover, remove from heat, and steep for an hour.

Place mixture over stove again and heat until warmed.

Add bourbon.

Garnish with cinnamon stick, lemon peel, and/or Granny Smith apple matchsticks.