Cider-Bourbon Thermos Cocktail


This tasty cocktail will warm your soul-no matter how chilly it is outside or how you take it. Just steep, stir, and pour it into your favorite thermos for cozy sips to go with any fall adventure. Don't like it hot? It can be served chilled, too. Rim glasses with cinnamon sugar and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

two whisky glasses rimmed with cinnamon sugar, filled with Cider-Bourbon Thermos Cocktail recipe, and garnished with cinnamon sticks and apple slices
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
6 servings


  • 2 ¾ cups apple cider

  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

  • 3 bags cinnamon-flavored black tea

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced

  • 3 cardamom pods, split

  • 6 ounces bourbon

  • ¼ cup lemon juice


  1. Bring cider and maple syrup just to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat. Add tea bags, ginger, and cardamom. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags and spices. Stir in bourbon and lemon juice.

  2. Transfer to a warmed 32- to 40-ounce thermos.

Cook's Notes:

You can use pear cider instead of apple.

For a chilled cocktail, after removing tea bags and spices, put saucepan in a bowl of ice water and stir occasionally until chilled. Add bourbon and lemon juice; transfer to a chilled thermos.

Editor's Tip:

The right temp! Warm a thermos by filling it with boiling water. Drain when ready to add the cocktail. For cold drinks, do the same, but fill with ice instead of hot water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

169 Calories
25g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 169
% Daily Value *
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 44mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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