Options for garnish: small sprigs of thyme, tiny apples, orange wedges, apple slices, cranberries, cinnamon sticks — feel free to get creative.
- 6 Cups fresh apple cider (best made with nonprocessed cider)
- 2 1/4 Cups bourbon whiskey
- 1/4 Cup orange liqueur
- 1 hefty sprig of thyme
- lemon wedges
Pour 4 ½ cups cider, the bourbon and orange liqueur into a freezer zip-close bag. Toss in thyme sprig. Seal and stash in freezer for an hour or more.
Discard thyme sprig. Scrape slush into a dozen 10-ounce glasses. Squeeze a little lemon over each. If you like your drink less slushy (or less strong), splash with a little more cider. Garnish as you like.