This Apple Cider Old Fashioned is the perfect Fall twist on the classic cocktail. A homemade apple cider syrup, fresh squeezed orange juice, clove bitters, a generous amount of bourbon, and cinnamon come together to create a delicious, Fall-inspired drink!
The Apple Cider Old Fashioned
My hubby and I love a good old fashioned. It was our go to drink at bars and restaurants when we lived in the city – it’s a little sweet, a lot boozy, and totally addicting!
Now that we are living in Bloomington, we like to make old fashioneds at home. We are a bit particular on how it’s crafted (the city spoiled us!). Luckily, my father in law taught us how to make the perfect OF, which I like to think we’ve mastered! (I have explained his technique in the past when I made my maple spiced bourbon old fashioned.)
I took another spin on this classic cocktail to create an apple cider old fashioned. I used an apple cider syrup which has lovely notes of apples and cinnamon. I also enhanced the fall flavors with a clove bitters. Of course, I added lots of rich, warm bourbon, the star of any good old fashioned cocktail. Finally, I added a touch of citrusy orange juice to keep this cocktail fresh and balanced.
This Fall inspired drink is perfect for the chilly Fall days ahead and the Holiday season!
How do you make the apple cider syrup?
This is actually incredibly simple! It just requires just 2 ingredients and a little patience.
In a heavy bottom sauce pan, add 3 cups of apple cider and a cinnamon stick. I selected a good quality honey crisp apple cider that didn’t have too much extra added sugar.
Bring the apple cider to a gentle boil over medium high heat. Lower the heat back down to medium-low and simmer until the apple cider reduces to about 3/4 cup, stirring occasionally. This takes about 30-45 min.
Ok, I know you may think this sounds too involved, but it’s really simple. You just need to let the apple cider do it’s thang and babysit it a little. Trust me, it’s worth the wait!
Once it is reduced to 3/4cup, remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
The end product is this rich, flavorful syrup. It has a super apple and cinnamon concentrated flavor. It’s magic!
Equipment Needed for this Apple Cider Old Fashioned
Main Ingredients for this Apple Cider Old Fashioned
- Apple Cider Syrup, rich, full of warm spices, and perfectly sweet and tart. This syrup brings the OF into Fall territory!
- Clove Bitters, amps up the spices to make this drink nice and cozy.
- Fresh Orange Juice, the splash of fresh, tart juice helps balance the sweetness.
- Good Quality Bourbon, I prefer Woodford Reserve, but any good quality bourbon works. Bourbon is prominent in an OF, so make sure to select a good one you love!
- Cinnamon stick, star anise pod, fresh Thyme, for garnish, cuz every fancy cocktail should look pretty tpp!
How to craft this cocktail?
In an old fashioned pitcher, add the apple cider syrup, fresh orange juice, bourbon, and clove bitters. Add in your ice (craft ice cube preferred – it makes me feel fancy and it melts slower so less dilution). Stir until all the ingredients are well-combined and chilled. Pour into a rocks glass with a craft ice cube. Garnish with cinnamon stick, star anise pod, and sprig of fresh thyme. Super simple. Yet so delicious!
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Apple Cider Old Fashioned
Apple cider syrup, clove bitters, lots of bourbon, and cinnamon come together to create a delicious drink! It's the perfect Fall twist on the classic cocktail.
Apple Cider Syrup
- 3 cups apple cider
- One cinnamon stick
Apple Cider Old Fashioned
- 2 ounces apple cider syrup
- 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
- 2-3 ounces bourbon depending on preferred booziness level
- 2-3 dashes clove bitters regular works too
- Cinnamon stick, apple slice, and star anise for topping optional
In a heavy bottom sauce pan, add the apple cider and cinnamon stick and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Bring back down to a simmer over medium-low heat. Allow the cider to simmer for about 30 minutes, or until it reduces to about a cup. Take off heat and allow to cool.
To make the old fashioned, add the orange peel, bitters, and apple cider syrup to a whiskey glass and muddle together. Add one large ice cube (or multiple regular cubes) and pour whisky over the ice and stir to combine with the muddled ingredients. If using, top with sparkling water.
Garnish with cinnamon stick, apple slices, and star anise.
Serve, sip, and enjoy!
You can make a large batch of these by multiplying the ingredients with as many OFs you want to serve and storing in fridge in large pitcher until ready to serve. Just make sure to add the sparkling water at the end when serving.