It may be unseasonably warm in Palm Springs right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some tasty seasonal treats! I love apple season and spiking some warm mulled cider on a cold day, so I decided to try a warm weather twist by throwing it in a blender to make this Bourbon Apple Cider Slushy recipe!

Bourbon Apple Cider Slushy
serves 1

1 1/2 oz. bourbon
2 oz. mulled apple cider
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. maple syrup
6 apple slices (4 for blending and 2 for garnish)

Ingredients for mulling the cider:
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole allspice berries
2 whole cloves
1 orange, sliced

To mull the cider, add two cups to a small pot and combine with 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 whole allspice berries, 2 whole cloves and 1 orange sliced. Simmer on the stove for 10 minutes and then let completely cool. Remove the spices out of the cider using a fine mesh strainer.

Add all of your ingredients into your blender with apple slices and a cup of ice, blend until smooth. Pour into your desired serving vessels and garnish with an orange half wheel with whole cloves and two apple slices. Sip and enjoy!

This Bourbon Apple Cider Slushy came out amazing – everything I love about the hot version totally came through in this frozen variation. I blended some fresh apples in the drink to give it some texture, but also to enhance the apple flavor. Maple syrup goes so well with bourbon and really added some depth and richer flavors to this cocktail. I added lemon to cut the sweetness and balance all of the ingredients and it worked perfectly.

The best part about this drink is if you find yourself in the middle of a cold spell in the desert, you can pour the cider hot over the rest of your ingredients instead of blending it. I love a cocktail that serves multiple functions! I hope you enjoy this Bourbon Apple Cider Slushy. Sip one for me in the sunshine while I shiver over here in NYC!

Cheers everyone and happy mulling! ;)

Author and Photography by Natalie Jacob

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