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Delicious Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Sour

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Looking for the perfect fall porch cocktail? Try this Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Sour featuring smokey Bourbon, Fresh Apple Juice, and Cinnamon Syrup made from scratch. It’s the perfect early autumn cocktail!
apple cinnamon bourbon sour

It’s officially apple season here in Washington. The apple orchards are a-buzz as some of the early varieties have reached their peak and are ready for picking.

It’s the perfect time of year really, the warm summer days are still lingering, but the evenings are cooling down and you can smell the crisp early autumn air approaching. What better way to enjoy such a perfect season than with an Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Sour?

What is a Sour?

A Sour is a mixed drink that consists of a base spirit, citrus juice, and a sweetener. The classic Whiskey Sour is a very popular drink, and this recipe puts an autumn twist on a Whiskey Sour. For some more interesting history of Sour cocktails Difford’s Guide is a great read.

Which Spirit is best?

This recipe calls for Bourbon, but Whiskey or an aged Rum would taste great too. I think Bourbon works especially well as it lends a wonderful smokey quality that pairs great with lemon and cinnamon. And hey, we don’t call it an Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Sour for nothing!

Can I make Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Sours for a crowd?

Absolutely! Just multiply every ingredient by the number of drinks you want to make. You can use a large mixing glass or pitcher and stir the ingredients with ice until condensation forms on the glass. To make it easier to pour the drinks you’ll want to remove the ice and pour over fresh ice.

apple cinnamon bourbon sour

Ingredients you will need:

  • Bourbon. Pick your favorite. I used Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon.
  • Triple Sec. You can also take it up a notch with Grand Marnier if your budget allows.
  • Apple Juice. This needs to be pure pressed, not from concentrate, and without added sugar. I prefer Simply Apple. You can also use fresh apple cider if it’s in season.
  • Lemon Juice. Fresh squeezed is always preferred, but in a pinch bottled lemon juice will work too. I like Santa Cruz Pure Lemon juice that is not from concentrate.
  • Cinnamon Vanilla Syrup. I recommend you make this from scratch. It is easy to make and tastes so much better than commercial syrup with preservatives or artificial flavors. Jump to recipe below.
  • Aromatic Bitters. I like really The Bitter Housewife Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters, or Fee’s Aromatic Bitters is easy to find and tastes great too.

Tools you will need:

  • Boston Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • A sour glass, a double old-fashioned glass, or whatever glassware you prefer. I love using vintage glassware like these vintage pressed glass cups by Hazel Atlas. They are technically intended as dessert cups, but I think they work great for drinks too. Fun fact: Big Top peanut butter used to use these to advertise their peanut butter in. The customer would get peanut butter and a pretty usable cup!

How to make an Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Sour:

  1. With your measuring jigger add all ingredients except the bitters to your cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain over fresh ice in your glass and add a few drops of bitters on top.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wedge or cinnamon stick if desired.
  5. Cheers!
apple cinnamon bourbon sour

How to make Cinnamon Vanilla Syrup:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4-6 cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

  1. Add equal parts water and white sugar to a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Add 4-6 cinnamon sticks. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat then cover with a lid and let sit for a minimum of one hour before you use it. The longer you let it sit the more flavor you will get from the cinnamon.
  4. Next, add the vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  5. Transfer to a syrup bottle with a tight seal.

Note: You can remove the cinnamon sticks if you want, but I prefer to leave them in so they continue to marinade and add more cinnamon flavor. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

apple cinnamon bourbon sour

You might also like:

Spiced Pomegranate Rum Sour
Bourbon Cranberry Cinnamon Cocktail

Did you enjoy your Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Sour? Leave a comment below and let me know!

apple cinnamon bourbon sour

Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Sour

Try this Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Sour featuring smokey Bourbon, Fresh Apple Juice, and Cinnamon Syrup made from scratch. It’s the perfect early autumn cocktail!
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz. Cinnamon Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 oz. Apple Juice
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice
  • A few dashes of Aromatic Bitters

Instructions

  • With your measuring jigger add all ingredients except the bitters to a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice and shake vigorously.
  • Strain over fresh ice in your glass and add a few dashes of bitters on top.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge or cinnamon stick if desired.
  • Cheers!
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnamon bourbon sour
Servings: 1

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