Homemade Hot Apple Cider with Bulleit Rye Whiskey

Hot Whiskey

It’s very rare that I put 3 hours of preparation into a cocktail, but a good whiskey is worth the trouble! Here’s my recipe for a delicious spiked apple cider! You can make this recipe with store bought cider, but if you have the time I would highly suggest making your own. You can even make a batch ahead of time and freeze for a fall dinner party.

Homemade Hot Apple Cider with Bulleit Rye Whiskey


  • 10-12 apples, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup organic turbinado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • Bulleit Rye Whiskey


  1. Place apples in a large pot and add enough water to cover them by 2 inches.
  2. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, and allspice.
  3. Bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered for 1 hour.
  4. Cover pot, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 more hours.
  5. Strain apple mixture through a fine mesh sieve and then again through a cheesecloth.
  6. Pour into a mug with 1 part Bulleit Whiskey and 3 parts cider. Garnish with a slice of fresh apple.


My first batch of this turned out perfectly but I was upset by the amount of solid apple leftover after straining. I decided to throw the liquid into my blender with the thick apple that didn’t go through the sieve. Do not do this! The blender will make your cider way to thick! Instead, put the thicker apple mixture into a container and reserve for ice cream topping or apple butter. You don’t have to waste anything, just don’t try to make all of the apple mixture work as your cider.

I am not a fan of super sweet drinks. When drinking this cider alone, I like to fill 1/4 of my mug with water before filling the rest with cider. My husband on the other hand loves a sweet, hearty cider and drinks it as is.

I know you’re going to fall in love with this amazing Fall cocktail. Let me know how you like it!

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