Hot Bourbon Cider

Warm apple cider, fragrant mulling spices and Maker’s Mark® make this the perfect cold-weather cocktail. It’s also great for warming up holiday parties and easily adapts into bigger batches.


  • 1 part Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 4 parts apple cider
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 whole allspice berries
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • Lemon slices and additional cinnamon sticks for garnish
Pro Tips
Libation Station
If you’re entertaining nondrinkers, you can reserve the Maker’s Mark until serving time. Set up a self-serve cider station with your bourbon and garnishes and allow guests to prepare their drinks to taste.
An a-peeling hack
When making citrus twists, a potato peeler will work in place of the handy-dandy channeling knives the pros use. Also, peel citrus over your mug to catch the fruity aromas and oils expressed from the fruit.
Take it slow
If you have other winter fun to attend to and can’t keep an eye on the stove, try preparing this drink in a slow cooker. Set it to low and you can safely leave it. Always follow the instructions in your slow cooker’s manual.
No strain, no pain
If you’d like to easily remove the cooked spices before serving, ball everything into a piece of cheese cloth before you begin so that the mulling spices can be fished out of the cider with ease later.

How to

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan on the stove.
  2. Let sit on medium-low covered for 1 hour and then ladle into mugs.
  3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon slice.

MULLING TIMEHistory of mulled spirits

Mankind has been making warm mulled drinks for ages. In fact, the process dates back to ancient Greece when spices and heat were used to make use of lesser and spoiling wines. The practice continued with the Romans and took off in medieval Europe where the added aromatics were believed to improve health. During this period, the English began mulling cider and even built a drinking ritual around it called Wassail. The salute “was hál” was intended to ensure health as well as a good cider apple harvest. Eventually, alternative spirits like brandy, rum and Maker’s Mark Bourbon would find their way into these concoctions, and civilization is all the warmer for it.

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