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This Maple Whiskey Cider is the perfect fall cocktail. It uses fresh apple cider and maple whiskey - also an alternative recipe with regular whiskey.

Who needs a cocktail?

This Maple Whiskey Cider is the perfect fall cocktail. It uses fresh apple cider and maple whiskey - also an alternative recipe with regular whiskey.

I’m guessing the answer is: you do.  When we went apple picking a few weeks ago I picked up a few small bottles of fresh apple cider.  There is really nothing like a good quality apple cider, and the stuff I got this year was unbelievably good.  I have been trying to make a good maple/cider cocktail for a few years, and I feel like this year I finally nailed it.

Who needs a cocktail?

One ingredient that really made this cocktail fantastic is a liqueur that some Canadian friends brought us earlier this year.  It is called Sortilege and is a blend of Canadian whiskey and maple syrup. And it is so good.  Now, I personally hate it when I find a cocktail recipe and it calls for an obscure liquor that I probably don’t have and am not going to buy.  So I did test an alternative recipe with more standard ingredients for those of you that can’t find the Sortilege or maybe don’t want to go out and buy it.  But I did prefer the version of the cocktail with the Sortilege, and found the flavor to be smoother and more mapley.

Who needs a cocktail?

 

I like the little bit of lemon juice here because it balances the sweetness of the maple and makes the flavors pop.  I wanted just a hint of spices without going overboard, so I thought that the cinnamon stick adds that, plus cinnamon sticks excel at garnishing fall drinks.  The longer the cinnamon stick sits in the drink, the more flavor it infuses.

Who needs a cocktail? This Maple Whiskey Cider is the perfect fall cocktail. It uses fresh apple cider and maple whiskey - also an alternative recipe with regular whiskey.

I’m not much of a whiskey drinker, but the flavor just pairs so nicely with apple cider.  If you really enjoy the taste of whiskey, you may even want to do half whiskey/half liqueur.  That will give a stronger whiskey taste but still retain some of the maple flavors.

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Maple Whiskey Cider

Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
Servings 1 Serving
This Maple Whiskey Cider is the perfect fall cocktail. It uses fresh apple cider and maple whiskey - also an alternative recipe with regular whiskey.

Ingredients 

  • 2 ounces whiskey and maple syrup liqueur such as Sortilege - alternative in notes
  • 2 ounces Fresh Apple Cider not spiced
  • 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • apple slices for garnish optional
  • ice

Instructions 

  • In an ice filled martini shaker, add all ingredients except for cinnamon stick and apple slices. Shake until combined and well chilled.
  • Pour over ice in a low ball glass, garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slices

Notes

If you do not have a maple whiskey liqueur, use 2 ounces of whiskey and 1 ounce of pure maple syrup. The flavor will be a stronger whiskey flavor. Add more maple syrup if you want a sweeter drink.

Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 5.5mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Beverages, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Did you like this recipe?Please comment, rate and share! And don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @foxandbriar AND #foxandbriar so I can see what you made!

I like using my oversized ice cubes in drinks like this because they melt slower so they don’t water down the drink as much.  Also they look pretty cool, right?  I use this ice cube tray (<affiliate link).

Who needs a cocktail? This Maple Whiskey Cider is the perfect fall cocktail. It uses fresh apple cider and maple whiskey - also an alternative recipe with regular whiskey.

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Who needs a cocktail? This Maple Whiskey Cider is the perfect fall cocktail. It uses fresh apple cider and maple whiskey - also an alternative recipe with regular whiskey.

 

Hello! I’m Meghan.

I am so glad that you are here! I am the recipe developer, photographer, and writer here at my blog Fox and Briar. I am a passionate, self-taught home cook and believe that most things are better homemade and that good food doesn’t need to be complicated.

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10 Comments

  1. This recipe is very yummy but a little sweet for my taste so I recommend cutting the maple syrup back to 1/2 – 3/4 oz (depending on how sweet your whiskey is) and use rye instead of bourbon whiskey for a little extra spice.

  2. Heck yes you nailed it! This is such a comforting little drink. I love all these ingredients…..maple and apples and whiskey. It’s enough to wash away my ugh-the-sun’s-going-down-earlier blues.

    1. Thank you Annie! I am totally with you, I was pretty bummed last night when it started to get dark before 5 :/ But we will always have whiskey 🙂

  3. This would have been perfect for our trick-or-treating get together…..my crew would have loved this! I will just need to find an excuse to get them all back together for this delicious cider drink!

  4. Love the sound of that as s drink to serve! As usual, your pictures are stunning! Love the combo’s for drink & the setting!?????

  5. 5 stars
    Sounds very yummy! I am thinking you guys need to come to Kamloops-centre of arts, entertainment and food (translation: netflix, my clumy bouts, my cooking) and we should test this recipe together!