Now that you’ve made my 5 Minute Butterscotch Sauce, it’s time for a drink! And you can’t go wrong with this apple cider, cinnamon, butterscotch, and bourbon drink. It’s just the thing to warm you up on a cool fall evening. And a great recipe to make in quantity and ladle out at Thanksgiving.
You know what day today is? Today is my anniversary! I’ve been married to my husband for 19 years as of today. If I had it together, I would have uploaded a wedding photo to the blog. But instead we made fondue and apple pie. Yum. Onto the recipe…
I started working on this cocktail thinking of hot buttered bourbon improved with cider instead of water and with the addition of the warm flavors of cinnamon and allspice. After a test or two, my husband had the idea of using butterscotch sauce instead of adding butter to the drink directly. I thought, why not it’s worth a try.
A little search for a good butterscotch recipe later and here we are! Letting the cider steep with a cinnamon stick and some allspice berries provides a lovely, layered warm flavor to the drink. And some butterscotch and bourbon stirred in before serving provide both a mellow, buttery sweetness and that kick you need on a cold night.
Add some cinnamon sticks for stirrers – since the drink does separate a bit – and you have everything you need to get through the fall and the holidays. I know I’m going to be sipping this cocktail on cool evenings this fall. In fact, I have some butterscotch sauce leftover. I may need one of these tonight to warm me up!
The only thing better would be to have this with a slice of apple pie. Especially my Twice the Apples Homemade Deep Dish Apple Pie since those were the flavors used when I was developing this drink. But Mom’s Amazing Fresh Apple Cake would do nicely as well. 🙂
– Happy Drinking, Annemarie
- 1½ cups apple cider
- 1 stick of cinnamon (or ½ tsp ground cinnamon), plus more for stirring sticks
- 20 allspice berries (or ¼ tsp ground allspice)
- 3 oz bourbon
- ¼ cup butterscotch sauce
- In a medium sauce pan on medium-high heat, bring the cider just to a simmer. Shut off burner, add the cinnamon and allspice, cover and let steep for 15 minutes.
- Stir in the bourbon and the butterscotch sauce.
- Divide the drink into two glasses. Garnish each with a cinnamon stick.