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Hot Apple Cider Vanilla Bean Cocktail


An incredibly easy fall cocktail full of soul-warming flavors – and made with only 3 ingredients!



  • 12 oz. apple cider
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1 TBSP vanilla extract/paste)
  • 34 oz. bourbon


  1. Scrape out the vanilla bean and add seeds and emptied pod to a saucepan with apple cider. Whisk together, and bring to a simmer for approximately 5 minutes, until heated through.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in bourbon. Divide between two heat-proof cocktail cups; serve with a cinnamon stick garnish and/or apple slices.


Adjust apple cider and bourbon ratios as desired for your tastes.

Make a batch cocktail for a crowd (4-6) by using 3 cups apple cider, 2 vanilla beans (or 2 TBSP extract), and 1 1/4 cup bourbon. Follow directions as written.

  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Simmer

Keywords: easy, quick, fall, 3 ingredients, thanksgiving, warm, hot

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