Apple Cider and Ginger Beer Cocktails

I’ve got the perfect drink to get us over this hump day. And just to be clear, I’m never going to write the words “hump day” in a blog post every again. It’s makes me feel creepy on the inside. Cool?

You only need three ingredients to make this cocktail: fresh apple cider, ginger beer and bourbon. And if you want to make it more “party-worthy”, you can dress it up with a cinnamon-sugar rim and a garnish of sliced apple (I love Simple & Crisp Apple). It’s perfectly delicious and a great way to celebrate F-A-L-L!

You know what else I’m celebrating this week? The fact that the 2014 International Food Bloggers Conference starts in just two days! It’s my first food blogging conference, so I’m feeling equal parts nervous and excited. I can’t wait to finally be meeting some of the other bloggers that I’ve been chatting with over the interwebs for the past 1+ year. And I’m eager to learn new tips and tricks for writing, photography, networking and all sorts of other things that I can do to help me become a better blogger. Oh and I’m just a little bit excited about all the food and wine. And by “a little bit” I totally mean A LOT! Insert happy dance.

In addition to eating and drinking great food and wine, the conference also provides an opportunity to better understand where our food comes from and what we can do to protect our food sources, which is always something I’m down with (um….my family owns a farm so that’s kind of our deal).

If you want to see what’s happening at IFBC, follow along with me on Instagram and Twitter. I’m sure I won’t be able to resist sharing all the amazing things that I see and do over the weekend. And make sure to check out the tag #IFBC to see what others are talking about as well!

Last by not least, I put together a quick little story about the making of this cocktail using Steller. You can check it out HERE!



Apple Cider and Ginger Beer Cocktails

Serves 2

Apple Cider and Ginger Beer Cocktails


  • 1 cup fresh apple cider
  • 1 cup ginger beer
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • Fresh or dried apple slices for garnish, optional


  1. Combine the apple cider, ginger beer and bourbon.
  2. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together on a small plate. Coat the rim of your glasses with maple syrup (I just dip my finger in the maple syrup and run in along the edge of the glass). Then invert the glasses in the cinnamon-sugar mix.
  3. Serve the cocktail over ice in the cinnamon-sugar coated glasses. Garnish with a slice of apple (either fresh or dried), if desired.

62 comments on “Apple Cider and Ginger Beer Cocktails”

  1. Gorgeous photos, look at you with all your fall leaves! I wish I lived in a climate where I got to see such leaves! I always feel silly saying Hump Day too, so I understand why you are going to limit it to just this one post. After typing it in this comment I’ll have to take a shower. 🙂 So jealous you are going to IFBC! It was on my to-do list, I swore I’d be there, but then I got pregnant (which is, of course, good news) and I decided not to attend. Back in 2011 I was going to attend a blogger conference and the same thing happened, got pregnant! Didn’t go! Boo! 🙂 I can’t wait to see everything through your eyes! AKA IG.

    • Thanks, Meggan! I collected all the leaves from around my house while I was out walking my dog! It was a good project! Too bad you won’t be at IFBC. But yeah for babies! Hopefully we will get to meet up soon at another event!

  2. Fabulous cocktail for getting over h*** day 😉 I’m so jealous that you are getting to take in IFBC. One day I’ll make it there. I can’t imagine anything better than food blogger get-together, learning and of course … Seattle (one of my favourite cities!) Enjoy!

  3. I’m not a big beer or bourbon person but these look so beautiful! Love the fall leaves 🙂

    • Thanks, Katya. It’s ginger beer, which isn’t REALLY like regular beer at all – more like ginger ale. You should try it out!

  4. The color of this drink just screams fall, and I’m sure the flavors do the same. This looks delicious, Liz! I so wish I was going to IFBC — I really wanted to but it didn’t work out. I’m so bummed! I hope you have a fabulous time! 🙂

  5. Have fun at the convention, love this drink. Very fall-worthy!

  6. I love the look and sound of this cocktail! My favorite thing about fall is fresh apple cider. Can’t wait to try these!

  7. I love this recipe! Can’t wait to go apple picking to get awesome apple cider for this drink!

  8. Okay, I need bourbon. These look fantastic!

  9. Love apple cider & ginger and bourbon! Perfect cocktail!

  10. Wow, I think I just found my new fall cocktail! This sounds amazing, Liz! I’ve never tried ginger beer before, so now I’m intrigued!

    • Oh Gayle, ginger beer is amazing. It’s not really beer at all. It’s like ginger ale but with a much more intense ginger flavor. It’s so refreshing! Try it and let me know how you like it!

  11. Ginger beer is my go-to drink of choice – I love the apple cider combo! And the cinnamon rim? I’m sold!

  12. I’ve never been a fan of ginger beer before. I think because I always expect it to taste like ginger ale and I get thrown off. I think if I mix it with some other tasty things like the apple cider and bourbon, I can start to get used to it! This looks so tasty!

    • Well, hopefully you can be converted! It’s very tasty in this cocktail. Makes for a very refreshing and crisp drink. If you try it, let me know how you like it. Thanks for stopping by, Amanda!

  13. These look fantastic! Huge, huge fan of ginger beer! And love all those beautiful leaves, makes me crave fall even more! Have a great time at the conference!

  14. I love ginger beer, my husband loves bourbon, and who doesn’t love apple cider 🙂 These drinks sound delicious and perfect for fall! Have a great time at the food blogger conference!

  15. Nice and warming.. I would like one 🙂

  16. The leaves are changing and we had our first frost this morning here in New Hampshire. Your cocktail sounds great…I’ve got everything to make it.

  17. These look amazing! Fall-flavored boozy drinks are my fave. Good luck at the conference!

  18. Sounds heavenly. Also dangerous. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Umm…ginger beer and bourbon?? Count me in!! Two of my favorite things! 🙂 Have fun at IFBC!!

  20. These cocktails sound and look amazing, Liz!

  21. This sounds like the ultimate fall cocktail. I am so on board!

  22. I hope you had a great time at IFBC!! I’ve heard great things about it. I am heading to my first blogging conference this coming weekend too and I can’t wait. As for this cocktail, it’s perfect!

    • Thanks, Zainab! It was a lot of fun. My head is spinning. I have to digest all the new information! Glad you like the cocktail!

  23. Looks like the perfect fall drink! Hope you had an amazing time at the Blogging conference!

  24. What a perfect fall drink! And I find nervous and excited to all come from the same place 🙂 Hope you have fun at your conference.

  25. I’m happy to have found your blog. I’ve already pinned your pic and recipe. I love the photo as well. Here is California the leaves are just beginning to fall and turn colors. I’d say we have a ways to go since it is still warm during the day.
    I heard about the conference on Instagram. How exciting! Sounds like a place I’d want to spend the weekend. Hope you learned lots of great tricks to make your blog better. I’m always looking to improve mine too.
    Make it a great day!

    • Thank you, Teri! The conference was great. My head is still spinning a bit from all the information! I certainly learned a lot and met a lot of great folks!

  26. Oh my goodness, LOVING the sound of these cocktails. Hope you had a great time at the conference. It’s on my list of ones to try…unfortunately with fall sports for my kids it’s a tough time to get away!

    • Thanks, Aimee! The conference was great. I had a lot of fun and met some lovely people. But I agree, fall is difficult with school, etc. starting up again. Hopefully you’ll get there some day!

  27. What a fabulous sounding drink – perfect for this time of year!

  28. love this cocktail…anything with cider is awesome

  29. Loved meeting you at IFBC, and I’m over the moon with this drink. Finally there’s something to concoct with ginger beer besides a Moscow Mule!

    • It was lovely meeting you too and I’m totally jealous of your cruising lifestyle. I hope to get to do that someday myself!

  30. This drink looks absolutely fantastic! Fresh apple cider and ginger beer? Perfect! I love the fall presentation along with the drink. I am going to try it this weekend!

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