Featured Winter 2019 Recipe

Cold Spiced Cider

Born and raised in the Bluegrass State, Amy is always looking for new ways to serve Kentucky bourbon. This whiskey-spiked drink provides all the comforts of a hot-spiced cider in a cool rocks-style cocktail.


  • 2 cups (500 mL) apple cider (for mulling)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 star anise
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 in (5 cm) fresh ginger, peeled and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cup (250 mL) bourbon
  • 2 12-oz (355 mL) bottles hard pear cider
  • 2 cups (500 mL) cold apple cider (for finishing)
  • 1 tbsp orange zest, for garnish
  • 8 star anise, for garnish


In a small saucepan on medium heat, combine apple cider, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, orange slices, and ginger and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes to make a concentrate. Set aside and let cool.

Combine mulled apple cider, bourbon, pear cider, and cold apple cider in a large cocktail pitcher. Stir well and pour over ice. Garnish with orange zest and start anise.

Makes 8 servings.

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