OCTOBER 6, 2023

Rosemary Apple Cider
Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

Rosemary Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

Living with the seasons

Autumn, with its crisp air and vibrant foliage, beckons us to embrace its unique flavors and seasonal abundance. It's the time when apples are plucked from orchards, and rosemary thrives in gardens. In this enchanting season, the Rosemary Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail emerges as a true masterpiece, capturing the essence of fall in every sip.

The Perfect Autumn Drink

As autumn paints the world in shades of red, orange, and gold, our taste buds too seek a symphony of flavors that mirror this transformative season. Whether you're planning a cozy night by the fireplace or hosting a gathering of friends amidst the fallen leaves, this cocktail will not only tantalize your senses but also evoke the spirit of Autumn's rich tapestry.

The Versatility of Rosemary

Rosemary, a staple in many fall herb gardens, not only adds a fragrant touch to your culinary creations but also lends its aromatic charm to this cocktail. Its evergreen foliage flourishes during the autumn months, making it an ideal herb to cultivate in your garden. The rosemary used in this recipe infuses the cocktail with its earthy and woody notes, elevating it to a whole new level of sophistication.

The Seasonality of Apples

Apples, one of the iconic symbols of fall, reach their peak of flavor and sweetness during the autumn months. As temperatures begin to drop, apple trees burst with ripe, juicy fruit, making it the ideal time to enjoy their natural sweetness. Freshly pressed apple cider, a key ingredient in this cocktail, is at its finest during this season, ensuring that each sip of your Rosemary Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail is a celebration of the fall harvest.

Rosemary garnish on top of an apple cider based cocktail


  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 2 oz Rosemary-Infused Apple Cider 
  • Splash of Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice 
  • Splash of Spicy Ginger Beer
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • Ice Cubes 
  • 10 or so Fresh Rosemary Sprigs
  • 1 cup Apple Cider


To make the Rosemary-Infused Apple Cider:
In a saucepan, combine apple cider and fresh rosemary sprigs.
Heat the mixture over low heat, allowing it to steep for 20-30 minutes to infuse the flavors.
Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
Strain the rosemary-infused apple cider into a container, discarding the rosemary sprigs.

To make the Rosemary Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail: 
Now that you have your ingredients and rosemary-infused apple cider ready, let's craft this delightful cocktail:

Step 1: Prepare Your Glass
Choose a rocks glass and fill it with ice cubes to chill while you prepare the cocktail.

Step 2: Mix the Cocktail
In a cocktail shaker, combine bourbon, rosemary-infused apple cider, and a splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add ice to the shaker and shake gently to combine the ingredients.

Step 3: Assemble the Cocktail
Strain the cocktail mixture into your prepared rocks glass filled with ice. Top it off with a splash of ginger beer for a subtle spice note. Finish with a pinch of cinnamon for that warm, autumnal flavor.

Step 4: Garnish and Sip
Garnish your Rosemary-Infused Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail with a fresh rosemary sprig for an aromatic touch. Take a moment to savor the aroma before taking your first sip. The combination of bourbon's richness, the herbal infusion of rosemary, the bright lemon, spicy ginger beer, and the comforting touch of cinnamon will make this cocktail a highlight of your fall gatherings.


  1. Can I use any type of bourbon for this cocktail?
    While you can use any bourbon, choosing a higher-quality bourbon will enhance the overall taste.

  2. Can I make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?
    Yes, simply omit the bourbon and increase the amount of apple cider and ginger beer for a delicious mocktail.

  3. Are there any alternative garnishes for this cocktail?
    You can get creative with garnishes, try apple slices or a twist of lemon peel for variation.

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Corinne is a creative and content creator who likes to stay curious about life. Her favorite season is Summer, when she can take up more outdoor adventures from hiking to motorcycle rides.

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