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Bourbon Apple Cider Smash

  • Author: Miss AK
  • Total Time: 15 minutes + 2 hours cooling time
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


This Bourbon and Apple Cider Smash cocktail combines bourbon, apple cider simple syrup, cinnamon and thyme for a refreshing seasonal cocktail.



For the cider syrup:

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. mulling spices 
  • about 510 fresh thyme sprigs

For the cocktail: 

  •  1-2 oz. apple cider syrup (depending on how sweet you want thr drink)
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • ice
  • fresh thyme for garnish


For the syrup (makes about 8 cocktails)

  1. Add the cider, maple syrup, cider viengar and mulling spices to a small saucepan over medium high heat. 
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 5-8 minutes. 
  3. Remove the syrup from the heat and add in the thyme. Stir and transfer it to a glass jar and place in the fridge to cool for about 2 hours*. Do not strain out the thyme or mulling spices yet. 
  4. When you’re ready to make a cocktail, add some ice to a cocktail shaker and fill a 5-6 oz glass to the top (I used a julep cup) with crushed or shaved ice. 
  5. Add the bourbon, apple cider syrup and some extra thyme leaves to the cocktail shaker and shake for about 20 seconds. 
  6. Pour the cocktail into the glass, top with thyme for garnish & serve!


  • If you’re prepping the syrup ahead of time, after about 8 hours of cooling time, go ahead and strain out the mulling spices and thyme if you’re not using it right away.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes + 2 hours cooling time
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 drink
  • Calories: 208
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Sodium: 18 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 1 mg

Keywords: bourbon, drink, cocktail, apple cider, thyme, smash

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