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Nothing’s better on a cool autumn evening than a warm whiskey drink! Try this easy bourbon spiked apple cider recipe on your next night under the stars.

Forest scene with two camping mugs of spiked apple cider with a bottle of bourbon in the background.

We arrived in the state of Washington just as the first hints of autumn began to creep into the air. The nights were growing cool, the leaves were starting to change, and produce stands were overflowing with freshly picked apples. Having lived in Los Angeles for so long, where 60 F constitutes hat and scarf weather, it was refreshing to experience the genuine article. This is the fall we’ve heard so much about.

Our evenings around the campfire now called for something special, something seasonal, and it didn’t take long before we turned to apple cider. Nothing quite captures the essence of early fall like a warm cup of spiced apple cider. Add in a nip of your favorite bourbon and you’ve got the makings of a great campfire cocktail. We made up a large batch and were feeling physically and spiritually warmed for rest of the evening.

Spiked apple cider with mulling spices in a small white enamel pot on a camping stove.

Whether you’re camping outside or just camped out in your living room, this easy-to-make spiked apple cider recipe will be sure to get you into that Fall feeling.

Spiked apple cider with mulling spices in a small white enamel pot on a camping stove.

Bourbon Spiked Apple Cider

Recipe by Fresh Off the Grid
This bourbon spiked apple cider is a cozy fall-inspired drink to sip around the campfire. 
Makes 2 drinks
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
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  • 2 cups unfiltered apple juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tablespoons mulling spices, (or blend of cloves, nutmeg, star anise, allspice)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 oz bourbon


  • Pour apple juice, cinnamon sticks, spices, and orange juice in a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer the cider for at least 10 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.
  • Add the bourbon, then stir to combine. Pour through a strainer into two glasses and enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Info (per serving)

Calories: 272kcal
*Nutrition info is an estimate based on information provided by

  • Stephanie Gosselin says:

    This sounds totally yummy, I cannot wait to try it!5 stars

  • Timothy Heary says:

    Wonderfully delicious. Used ground cinnamon instead, but still very soothing. Thank you.5 stars

  • Patricia H says:

    My son loves bourbon. I’m going to have him try this.

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