My Bourbon Caramel Apple Cider makes you feel warm and fuzzy in more ways than one. And, with just three ingredients, it couldn’t be simpler to make. There are also only three steps to make it: just add the ingredients to a saucepan or mug, heat, and stir! I created this boozy apple cider recipe on the stove-top but you could also make it in the microwave if that preparation better suits your situation.

overhead of mug of bourbon caramel apple cider

 If you are a fan of my red wine hot chocolate, you’ll love this warm, autumnal concoction. It’s an ultra cozy drink and, although it doesn’t taste extremely boozy, it is potent. 🙂 Here are a few more whiskey drinks to try, too:

mug of hot bourbon caramel apple cider on stack of saucers

In my circle of friends, I’m known for mixing up silent but deadly cocktails, meaning the alcohol doesn’t slap you in the face but will sneak up on you and put your on your you-know-what after a while. 🙂 This is one of those drinks. Of course, you can feel free to dial back the bourbon as you see fit. As a whiskey lover, I think it’s just right.

And whipped cream is listed as an optional garnish in the recipe below but you should definitely do it. As the whipped cream melts into the cider, the creaminess collides with the sweet, spiced, bourbon-y flavors to make pure magic, y’all.

mug of bourbon caramel apple cider surrounded by apples and caramel candy

What Do I Need for Bourbon Caramel Cider?

To make this spiked apple cider recipe, you’ll only need three core ingredients and a couple of suggested garnishes.

  • Pre-mixed Apple Cider – Look for it in the produce section at your grocery store on on the juice aisle.
  • Caramel candies – They’re typically individually wrapped and on the baking or candy aisle.
  • Bourbon – Use your favorite bottle for this!
whipped cream melting into mug of hot spiked cider

Best believe I’ll have a mug of spiked caramel cider in hand on many more occasions throughout the upcoming holiday season. I’m actually sipping some as I type this. 🙂 The temperatures dropped this morning and it just felt like the perfect day to curl up on the couch with a mug.

I hope you enjoy a mug of bourbon caramel apple cider yourself–let me know how you like it. And sharing is caring so be sure to pin this recipe on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!

P.S. Bourbon is not just for drinks around here:

5 from 5 votes
Bourbon Caramel Apple Cider
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
6 mins

Cozy spiked cider with rich caramel and cream flavors

Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon cider recipe, caramel cider recipe easy, easy hot apple cider, how to make boozy apple cider, spiked apple cider, spiked apple cider recipe
Servings: 2 servings
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 12 caramel candies unwrapped
  • whipped cream optional garnish
  • cinnamon optional garnish
  1. Add apple cider and caramel to a small saucepan over medium-high heat.

  2. Stirring regularly, heat mixture until caramels melt then lower heat.

  3. Once cider reaches a uniform consistency, turn off heat then stir in bourbon.

  4. Divide evenly between two mugs and garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired. Enjoy carefully!

Recipe Notes

Alternatively, you can add the bourbon in at the beginning cooking process. In my experience, the alcohol doesn’t cook out in this short time of heating and the process is simplified.

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decorative image for pinterest
mug of bourbon caramel cider with whipped cream
overhead view of mug of spiked cider with whipped cream