‘Tis the season for one of my favorite cocktails–spiced apple cider with a bit of a kick to it. This cocktail is super simple and delicious. I bet it would taste great warmed up but I haven’t tried it out yet. The secret to giving this drink a proper finish is the combination of bitters. Of course there’s angostura in the mix but the unique flavor actually comes from the black walnut bitters. I haven’t seen it sold in stores but you can find it online (I’d recommend checking out Amazon or Bevmo).
In addition to the spiced seasonal flavor that the apple cider and angostura bitters provide, I love the nutty, sweet flavor from the black walnut bitters. If you aren’t able to find it around, just the angostura and cider can suffice. It probably won’t have the same complexity or depth of flavor though. You can also do your own experimenting if you have other bitters on hand. I’d imagine orange or cardamom bitters would be great in this drink too!
Black Walnut & Bourbon Spiced Apple Cider
A delicious autumnal beverage with spiced apple cider, bourbon and black walnut bitters!
- 2 oz. Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
- 4 oz. Spiced apple cider I used Trader Joe's
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 2-3 dashes Fee Brother's Black Walnut bitters
- 3-4 ice cubes
- 1 twist of lemon or orange peel
In a rocks glass, add the bourbon or rye whiskey.
Add a few dashes of each bitters and give the glass a stir.
Add the ice and then the apple cider and give the glass another stir.
Taste and adjust ingredients as desired. Garnish with a lemon or orange peel.