Bourbon Cocktail with Apple and Cinnamon AKA Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned – An intriguing holiday cocktail, with subtle notes of apple and cinnamon. This old fashioned variation is brimming with New Year’s cheer for your holiday party!

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Bourbon Cocktail with Apple and Cinnamon

I’m sort of a lightweight when it comes to cocktails. One makes me extreeeeemely open and honest.

Two drinks put me under the table.

So when it comes to mixing drinks, Lt. Dan knows he has to make the first one count, because it will probably be my only beverage.

He’s gotten really good at making cocktails that have a touch of sweetness to cut the hard liquor, yet are delicately complex, so you savor every sip to decipher what he put in it.

…I love that.

Apple cinnamon old fashioned cocktail on a serving platter with garnish of apple and cinnamon stick.

Festive Favorite: Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned

His holiday Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned recipe is a new favorite for the winter season. Dark, rich depth from Musselman’s Apple Butter helps accentuate the bourbon and bitters.

The combination makes you want to either curl up beside a roaring fire or clink glasses with a roomful of your friends. However you choose to enjoy this New Year’s Eve cocktail, you’ll certainly get that warm holiday feeling from this delightful drink.

Don’t forget the cinnamon stick in your bourbon apple old fashioned for added flavor and aroma!

Get the Full Bourbon Cocktail with Apple and Cinnamon Recipe Below!

Apple cinnamon bourbon cocktail garnished with apple peel and cinnamon sticks.

Bourbon Cocktail Ingredients

Have all of your ingredients ready to go at your bar area, so you can shake up each of these Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned cocktails fresh for your holiday guests.

  • Sugar cubes
  • Aromatic bitters
  • Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • Apple peel
  • Club soda
  • Ice cubes
  • Bourbon – our favorites are 4 Roses and Bulleit
  • Cinnamon sticks

TIP: If you want to peel your apples before hosting your New Year’s Eve party, immediately put in the freezer after peeling. Apple peels will keep well stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.

Ingredients needed to make an apple cinnamon old fashioned.

How to Make an Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned

I love a good hefty stemless glass for serving bourbon-based cocktails like this Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned. For each cocktail, simply follow these steps:

  1. Place one sugar cube, Musselman’s Apple Butter, a few dashes of the aromatic bitters, apple peels and club soda in the bottom of a glass. Muddle together in the glass.
  2. Add several ice cubes and 2.5 ounces of bourbon.
  3. Finally, add a few more apple peels and stir with a cinnamon stick to serve.

There you have it: the perfect bold and zesty holiday cocktail for ringing in the New Year! The strong bourbon and bitters are beautifully mellowed by the slight sweetness of apple, and cinnamon wraps it all together with a festive bow of winter flavor.

Let’s all cheers to Lt. Dan!

Apple cinnamon old fashioned served on a platter with cinnamon sticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this apple cinnamon old fashioned?

You certainly can serve this variation of an Old Fashioned as a mocktail! Barley tea is a recommended substitute for the bourbon. Also, there are now several non-alcoholic distilled spirits available at stores – check with your local grocer!

What is a traditional old fashioned made of?

A traditional old fashioned cocktail is made of bourbon, sugar or simple syrup, bitters and garnished with an orange peel or cherry. You don’t traditionally muddle fruit into an old fashioned, but I would still consider this an old fashioned with a twist! If you aren’t usually a fan of traditional old fashioned cocktails, you might just like this apple old fashioned, since it has a bit of a fruity flavor.

How can I make this cocktail for a crowd?

If you are hosting a lot of people and don’t want to make individual old fashioned cocktails, multiply the recipe by the number of people you are serving and make it in a large pitcher. Be sure to stir periodically and serve ice in the glasses, not in the pitcher.

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Bourbon Cocktail with Apple and Cinnamon

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned – A festive holiday cocktail brimming with New Year's cheer, with subtle notes of apple and cinnamon.
Servings: 1 cocktail



  • Place the sugar cube, bitters, Musselman’s Apple Butter, apple peels and club soda in a glass. Muddle in the glass.
  • Then add ice and bourbon. Stir well and add the cinnamon stick.


You can serve this variation of an Old Fashioned as a mocktail if preferred! Barley tea is a recommended substitute for the bourbon. Also, there are now several non-alcoholic distilled spirits available at stores – check with your local grocer!


Serving: 1cocktail, Calories: 219kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Beverage, cocktail, Holiday
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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