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Smoked Cinnamon Apple Cider Bourbon Smash Cocktail

This cozy cocktail is made with fresh apple cider and bold smokey bourbon. 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!
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider bourbon cocktail, bourbon apple cider cocktail, how to smoke cocktail glass
Servings: 2 Cocktails
Calories: 117kcal


For the agave simple syrup

For the cocktail

  • ½ cup apple cider
  • 2- oz bourbon
  • 3 large drops orange bitters
  • Thyme optional
  • Cinnamon sticks optional
  • Apple slices optional


  • For the simple syrup, bring the agave, water, and cinnamon sticks to a simmer in a sauce pan.  Once simmering, turn the element off and allow the mixture to cool down.
  • To make this cocktail smoky, grab a fresh cinnamon stick, a plate (be sure it's one you don't care too much about) or wooden plank, a lighter, and your cocktail glass. Carefully run the lighter under the tip of the cinnamon stick until it begins to smoke. Place the cinnamon stick on the plate or wooden plank and cover with your cocktail glass. You should begin to see smoke in the glass.  Keep the glass like this until you're ready to pour in your cocktail.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the apple cider, bourbon, bitters, and 1 tablespoon of the agave syrup. Shake well.
  • Pour into cocktail glasses and top with fresh thyme, cinnamon sticks, and/or apple slices.  For an extra smoky flavor, run a lighter under the thyme or cinnamon stick until it begins to smoke and place it in the cocktail


Agave syrup short cut : If you don't want to make a whole batch of agave simple syrup, just add 3 teaspoons of agave and 1 tablespoon water to the cocktail shaker when you are adding all the other ingredients. The caramel flavor will still come through.
Storing agave simple syrup : Keep leftover agave simple syrup in a jar in the fridge. Easily use it in cocktails over the next few weeks!


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg