It’s fall and I’m all about figuring out ways to add apple cider to everything, including cocktails! Hot mulled cider is always a good option, but if you want something on ice, check out this Chilled Kentucky Cider! It has great flavor, but is a nice sipping drink, especially if it’s still hot outside.

Of course, use a good apple cider for this drink. It’s almost more important than using a good bourbon since there’s more cider than bourbon. The cider should be bright and have lots of spice to it. Don’t use a cheap watered-down jug of the stuff.

Once you have a decent cider and a decent bourbon you can mix up individual batches of this or times this recipe by 4 or 6 for a good pitcher of Kentucky Cider!

Chilled Kentucky Cider

5 from 1 vote
Author: Nick Evans
Servings: 2 Cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
During fall, apple cider is delicious and readily available. Pick up a big jug and try this Chilled Kentucky Cider spiked with bourbon. So good!



  • 5 ounces apple cider
  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Garnish with lemon and cinnamon stick


  • Stir together apple cider, bourbon, honey, and lemon in a cocktail shaker glass. Stir well to dissolve honey.
  • Add ice and a pinch of cinnamon. Shake well.
  • Strain cocktail into two glasses with fresh ice.
  • Garnish with cinnamon stick and lemon wedge.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American

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How to Make Chilled Kentucky Cider

You’ll need some equipment for this cocktail. A good shaker and strainer helps. You could just stir the drink, but it really helps to shake it to get it very chilled and also help the honey dissolve.

The basics - Chilled Kentucky Cider

I like to add the honey to the bourbon and cider first and shake that really well so the honey dissolves.

Honey add - Chilled Kentucky Cider

Once the honey is dissolved, add the lemon and cinnamon and ice. Shake it vigorously to chill everything down. A frosted shaker glass means you’re doing it right!

Shake it up well! Kentucky Cider

Strain the drink into a nice rocks glass with ice and you are in business! I recommend using fresh ice as the ice in the shaker will be busted in pieces.

Strain it - Chilled Kentucky Cider

There’s no need to garnish this Chilled Kentucky Cider but if you want to stick a little lemon wedge on it with a cinnamon stick, it will be well received!

Cheers to fall!

Chilled Kentucky Cider

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