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Bourbon and Hard Cider Cocktail

by TastefullyJulie on October 1, 2012

A couple nights ago my favorite restaurant was running a drink special called “the Punk Rocker”.

I had to try it for the name alone, even though the ingredients weren’t exactly what usually attracts me to a cocktail. Hard cider (yum), bourbon (yes, please!), ginger liqueur (no problem), and cinnamon.

Cinnamon is touch-and-go. Sure, I love it in pies and desserts. A dash of cinnamon lends a certain depth of flavor to Indian and Moroccan dishes. But in drinks, cinnamon makes me nervous. One bad experience with Goldschlager will do that to a person. {shudder}

But I’m glad the name drew me in to this drink, because I really enjoyed it! My husband’s not particularly fond of cinnamon or hard cider, and yet he kept stealing sips of my drink. He described it as “autumn in a glass” which is spot on.

I recreated my own version at home that is lacking in ginger liqueur (because who has ginger liqueur lying around?) but it’s hardly missed. If you don’t have any cinnamon sticks you can try using a plain simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water) and a pinch of dried cinnamon.

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Bourbon and Hard Cider Cocktail


  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker.
  2. Stir or shake very gently and pour over ice.
  3. Garnish with an apple slice if desired.


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1 Angie@Angie's Recipes October 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

Looks intriguing!
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2 Mary@FitandFed October 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Fall in a glass indeed. I checked out that restaurant’s menu and it does look pretty tempting. Gnocchi with butternut squash, hazelnut, and sage brown butter? I’m in. In fact, add that to my list of things to make this fall.
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3 TastefullyJulie October 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm

The best part is the menu changes at least weekly. (Or the worst part when you find something you really love!)


4 Choc Chip Uru October 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Don’t mess with this cocktail :D

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5 Carole October 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

That’s quite a cocktail! Would you be happy to link it in to Food on Friday: Cocktails?
Have a great week.

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6 Abby October 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

OMG this takes me back to my early college days…but MUCH more sophisticated haha. We used to take apple juice and goldschlager as a shot and then spray whip cream in our mouths and call it an apple pie shot…haha…ohhh those days.
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7 TastefullyJulie October 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

LOL! that sounds like my worst nightmare these days!


8 kitchenriffs October 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Looks like a terrific drink! And I happen to have some cinnamon simple syrup in the refrigerator (really!). Don’t have hard cider, but that’s easy to come by. And there’s always bourbon in the house. Never knew there was a ginger liqueur before – I’ll have to look into that. Really nice – thanks.
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9 Nancy/SpicieFoodie October 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Yes please, I’ll take two! What a great cocktail and perfect for autumn too. Thanks for sharing Julie!
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10 shannon @ a periodic table October 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm

i am unreasonably excited about the idea of cinnamon simple syrup. and also this entire drink; and i don’t even drink bourbon. looks like that’s going to change, because i’m totally trying this.
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11 Part Time House Wife October 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

Mmmmm.. I’m a total Hard Cider fan… Lets make these and eat a bunch of food. Sounds like an ideal night. ;-)
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