This Smoked Cinnamon Apple Cider Bourbon Smash Cocktail is sponsored by In The Raw. As always, all thoughts are my own. Thank you so much for supporting brands that make The Fit Peach possible!
This cozy cocktail is made with fresh apple cider, bold bourbon, caramel-like agave, a splash of orange bitters, and smoked cinnamon and thyme. It's the perfect drink to snuggle up with on the couch next to the fire. Each sip is full of crispy sweetness paired with a little charred toasty flavors. If you're looking for a warm & cozy libation, this bourbon apple cider cocktail is it!
Smoked Cinnamon Apple Cider Bourbon Smash Cocktail
It is that time of the year! Temps are dropping outside, fire places are in full use, friends and family are gathering, and the need for a good cocktail is at an all time high. Whether you're looking to cozy up next to the fire with a loved one, host a festive party, or need some liquid courage before the family comes rolling in for the holidays, this bourbon apple cider cocktail is the perfect drink to have in hand.
What makes this bourbon apple cider cocktail so good?
This is one of my all-time favorite cocktails! It's SO easy to make at home and perfectly pairs the traditional fall apple cider with comforting bold bourbon. With the addition of the the smoky cinnamon and thyme, it adds a little elevated twist to the drink that will make you feel like a pro bartender whipped it up just for you.
As someone who typically doesn't love apple cider, this is the perfect way to use it! There is just a splash in the cocktail, giving it a touch of crisp sweetness and fall flavors without being too overbearing. It also the ideal match to boozy bourbon. Even if you aren't huge bourbon person, you'll fall in love with this cocktail.
Cinnamon Agave Simple Syrup
Wanna know the secret to this bourbon cinnamon apple cider cocktail? It's the homemade cinnamon agave simple syrup. It's so easy to make at home and really brings this cocktail from wow to WOW!
If making simple syrup at home intimidates you, I hear you. But rest be sured, it's seriously so easy to make. We simmer a 1:1 ratio of In The Raw Agave Nectar and water with a few cinnamon sticks and outcome is a slightly thick simple syrup that's made slightly "health-ier". The agave nectar provides a rich and robust caramel-like flavor to this super easy simple syrup.
The best part about it is you can store it in a jar and easily throw it into your cocktails over the next few weeks and it gets even better with time!
How to make this cocktail smoky
I for one love a good smoky cocktail. It's an easy way to add a little complex flavor to the drink. You can do this right at home too and feel like you're at some swanky cocktail bar from the comfort of your couch!
Two disclaimers here - one, this drink is for those of legal age. Two, as you probably already know, be careful when handling anything with fire.
First, make sure you are using a dish you don't care too much about. Don't use a matte or ceramic plate as the ash will stain it. If you have one, a wood plank works best!
Take a fresh cinnamon stick and carefully run the tip over a hot flame. I prefer to use a lighter over a match stick as this may take a few seconds get the cinnamon stick to heat up.
Once the cinnamon stick is smoking a bit, place it on the plate (or wood plank) and place a cocktail glass over it so the smoke is trapped. Leave the glass like this until you are ready to pour in the cocktail! It's as easy as that!
If you find that your cinnamon stick isn't smoking well, try dipping the tip in a little of the bourbon. The alcohol will help it heat up and thus create the smoke.