These refreshing bourbon cocktails are made with sweet and tart honeycrisp apples and comforting maple syrup… they’re the perfect Fall cocktail!
Get ready to take a big sip of Fall! These maple honeycrisp bourbon cocktails are incredibly refreshing and a great mix of sweet with a bit of tart.
I know Fall is unofficially pumpkin season, but I prefer to think of it as the apple season. Apples and apple cider are so versatile, and with so many varieties of apples to choose from, the possibilities are endless! In this house, our favorite apple is the honeycrisp. Have you had one? They are SO sweet, and like their name denotes, very crisp.
If you can’t get your hands on any of the honeycrisp variety, you could substitute with your favorite snacking apple… like a fugi, gala, etc.
I originally found this recipe in a Cooking Light magazine, but when I made it as written there, it was a bit on the tart side. To keep the cocktail “light” they didn’t use any additional sugar, just the small bit of maple syrup. So I’ll include that version in the recipe notes section (just below the recipe itself), in case you want to keep your drink lower in calories… but I made some tweaks that made it taste so smooth and lightly sweet… I think you won’t mind the few extra calories 😉
The first thing I did was add a bit more apple cider, which if you get the chance, try to go for the unfiltered fresh cider… but honestly any cider will do just fine. It adds an extra punch of apple flavor, plus some sweetness. I also added touch more maple syrup, to balance out the stronger apple flavor. Lastly, I added just a bit of granulated sugar. It’s not much, but I think it helps make the drink a smooth combo of sweet with some tartness, and not mostly tart.
If you have little ones, they’ll love this drink, so I’ve also included ways to make this a “mocktail”!
- Substitute the bourbon for an equivalent amount of ginger ale
- Substitute the bourbon for an equivalent amount of club soda
I think these bourbon cocktails would be perfect on Thanksgiving, or any other Fall party… but they’re also nice and refreshing if your area of the world is dealing with some unseasonably warm weather! Last week when I was testing and shooting this recipe we were in the 80’s here in the Midwest, so I was definitely enjoying the cool sips!
So go on, whip up a batch and pour yourself a glass… you deserve it!!
- Blender – I have many blenders, but I really like this one the best!
- Stemless wine glasses – With kids around, stemless glasses feel less prone to being knocked over!
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Maple Honeycrisp Bourbon Cocktails
These refreshing bourbon cocktails are made with sweet and tart honeycrisp apples and comforting maple syrup... they're the perfect Fall cocktail!
- 3 medium honeycrisp apples, sliced (gala or fuji work as well)
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup apple cider (not apple cider vinegar!!) (fresh, unfiltered is best if you can find it)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1-2 tsp granulated sugar or superfine sugar
- 2/3 cup bourbon (approximately 5 oz)
- additional honeycrisp apple slices , for garnish
- fresh thyme sprigs , for garnish
Add apples, water, cider, lemon juice, maple syrup and sugar to a blender and process about a minute, or until smooth.
Place a fine mesh sieve over the top of a pitcher and pour blender mixture through the sieve, pressing with a rubber spatula to remove all liquid down into the pitcher. Discard solids.
Stir in bourbon and chill for an hour or two. Serve over ice, and garnished with apple slices and fresh thyme sprigs.
- Replace bourbon with equivalent amount of ginger ale or club soda
Lower calorie version (from cooking light):
- decrease apple cider down to 1/2 cup
- decrease maple syrup down to 1 1/2 Tbsp
- omit sugar
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