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Smoked Whiskey Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

There is a small pinky toe-sized part of me that wishes I were a curmudgeonly writer who could wear a smoking jacket and pull out brown booze whenever writer’s block sets in. But that is not my life (namely because I’m not a dude, nor am I some great writer, nor do I live in the 1950s), so I instead channel that wish into an apple cider cocktail like this one.

Apple Cider Cocktail

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

When the weather cools down, I want a drink that’s going to warm me from within and keep me going no matter the temp and, let’s be honest; nothing helps more than a dash of good liquor.

Nothing except a spiced and spiked apple cider with a smoky flavor from lapsang souchong tea. It’s a smoked tea that is way too much for me on its own but is a major do in something like this drink.  

Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients needed to make this recipe are:

  • Apple Cider
  • 1 apple
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 orange
  • Honey
  • Smoked tea
  • Rum, Whiskey, or bourbon

How to Make This Recipe

Here’s how to make this recipe:

  1. Make Mulled Apple Cider: Simmer the apple cider, aappe, cloves, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, anad honey. 
  2. Add The Smoked Tea: add the smoked tea until just smoky 
  3. Add Alcohol And Serve: Strain the cider, stir in the alcohol and serve hot.

Similar Cocktails To Try

Here are a few other cocktails we think you’ll like: 

Now, go stock up on all your cooking essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Closeup of one Apple Cider cocktail
Smoked Whiskey Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

Smoked Whiskey Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

Adding smoked tea and whiskey to apple cider makes a festive twist on this classic fall sipper. This Smoked Whiskey Apple Cider Cocktail recipe will be your next favorite hot drink these holidays!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 Cocktails
Calories 309 kcal


  • 8 cups unfiltered apple cider
  • 1 Fuji apple
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 medium orange sliced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lapsang souchong smoked tea (about 6 tea bags)
  • 1 cup aged rum, whiskey, or bourbon


  • Simmer The Apple Cider: Fill a medium saucepan with apple cider, apple, cloves, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and honey and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and let the cinnamon and cloves infuse until desired strength, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add The Smoked Tea And Serve: Remove cover, raise the heat, and bring back to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, stir in lapsang souchong tea, reduce heat to a simmer, and let steep to desired strength, about 4 to 6 minutes. Strain mixture, stir in alcohol, and ladle into cups or cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Serve hot.



Serving: 1gCalories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gTrans Fat: 0.002gSodium: 16mgPotassium: 406mgFiber: 2gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 71IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apple cider, hot cocktail
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