These autumnal cocktails combine apple cider, bourbon, and salted caramel for a sweet-and-savory sipper evocative of candied apples. With just 5 easy minutes of shaking and pouring, you can mix up this cozy cocktail.
The key is using real fresh apple cider and quality bourbon for the best flavor impact. A touch of caramel syrup adds nostalgic whimsy, while a pinch of salt enhances the drink’s deeper notes.
Read on for the simple recipe and my tips on selecting ingredients for amazing caramel apple cocktails. Cheers!
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) bourbon
- 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) apple cider
- 1⁄2 ounce (1 tablespoon) salted caramel syrup
- 1 dash aromatic bitters
- Pinch of sea salt
- Apple fan for garnish
- Cocktail shaker
- Couple glass
Mix the Cocktail
- Add bourbon, apple cider, caramel syrup and bitters to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously until very cold, about 20-30 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
- Pinch a bit of sea salt over top and garnish with an apple fan. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cocktail
Tips for Amazing Caramel Apple Cocktails
- Use fresh apple cider, not from concentrate.
- Select a bourbon that has notes of vanilla and caramel.
- Add just a teaspoon or two of quality caramel syrup.
- Finish with a pinch of flaky sea salt to enhance flavor.
- Garnish with apple slices or shavings for presentation.
In summary, fresh apple cider and a touch of caramel syrup are all you need to create these deliciously nostalgic bourbon cocktails. Cheers!