Hot Buttered Bourbon Apple Cider

mug of hot buttered bourbon apple cider outside with pinecones and red mum plant in the background

To sooth the soul, it's Hot Buttered Bourbon Apple Cider to the rescue.  

By Erin

We have long championed the need to have a signature cocktail at your event. 

It doesn't have to be elaborate; if you're the champion martini maker in your group, by all means, stick with your strengths.

But having a well-thought out tipple to greet your guests, adds a welcoming layer of hospitality – especially if it is a warming mug of deliciousness to shake off the chill. 

This Hot Buttered Bourbon Apple Cider is favourite cold-weather cocktail of our guests and friends. It's nostalgically delicious, elegantly comforting, and it makes the house smell great while it simmers gently on the stove (well ahead of party time – another terrific bonus).

I think it's perfect as it is, but you could try a few variations, swapping the bourbon for amber rum, or leaving the booze out altogether for a temperance version.

Makes: 10 cups
Bartender level: easy
  • 2 litres apple-only, non-alcoholic apple cider
  • 3 - 4 star anise
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups Bourbon
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • Dried apples (for garnish)
  1. Set a large stock pot over medium-low heat and pour in apple cider and spices.
  2. Simmer until hot, and lower the heat until the lowest temperature until ready to serve. 
  3. Removing from heat, pour in bourbon and salted butter and mix. (Set aside a few cups if you need a booze-free option.)
  4. Strain into warmed mugs and garnish with dried apples and a fresh cinnamon stick. 
This blog post was first published on TWS in 2014, and has been enjoyed every year since. It's now been updated for 2022. 

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