Apple Cider Whiskey Smash

An easy and flavorful Fall cocktail perfect for all apple cider fans!

An easy and flavorful Fall cocktail perfect for all apple cider fans! Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I love Fall and almost all it has to offer but come this time of year…oak trees are a giant nuisance. We have several lining our driveway which basically means it’s now littered with acorns. I’m not talking about a few here or there. That wouldn’t be so bad. And it’s really only just starting. We have a long way to go before the trees are bare, in preparation for winter.

The only comical part about it is listening to them fall through the branches and slam into the ground. I wonder if it’s a sign of things to come as well, especially since they’re food for many animals. Let’s hope that’s not the case…

In other news… I went to Bath and Body Works the other day in hopes of finding a fun new fragrance. The typical perfumes and sprays at other stores are so strong or floral scented… not really my thing. But, I still found myself totally overwhelmed by all of the options and scents available. Normally I just go in for soap or candles. A fragrance for yourself is a whole other ballgame. And to make matters worse, it seems like when you initially spray something, it doesn’t smell nearly as good as it does minutes later. I finally chose a fun vanilla scent but I was *this* close to getting something a bit more tropical. I guess I’ll hold off on that option till summer. AKA a lifetime away now.

An easy and flavorful Fall cocktail perfect for all apple cider fans! Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I know we recently discussed how I’m not a beer drinker and that I’ve always been a fruity drinker. I’ve also never been one to drink straight liquor. I don’t see any of those things changing anytime soon. But, I also never expected to be a whiskey drinker…until my trip to Vermont last spring where I was introduced to a fun and fruity cocktail featuring whiskey. I was sold!

This apple cider whiskey smash is the perfect Fall drink (and my new personal favorite), especially if you love apple cider! It’s a must try!

A taste of Fall in a glass! Sweet local apple cider, paired with rye whiskey and a hint of lemon.

Dangerously tasty!

An easy and flavorful Fall cocktail perfect for all apple cider fans! Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Apple Cider Whiskey Smash

An easy and flavorful Fall cocktail perfect for all apple cider fans!
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktail, Whiskey
Servings: 1


  • 1 oz whiskey
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 4 oz apple cider


  • Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Add whiskey, lemon juice and apple cider. Shake until thoroughly chilled. Pour over ice and enjoy. 


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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18 Responses to “Apple Cider Whiskey Smash”

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    Medeja — September 30, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I would enjoy a glass or two :D

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      Rachel — October 1, 2015 at 7:33 am

      You’d love it! :)

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass — September 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Oh boy Rachel. We know all about the oaks. The only nice thing is the view and the shade in the heat. In summer it’s oak chains, in September it’s acorns nailing you on the head (and hitting the roof above my bed all night and rolling down), and in fall it means 55 bags of leaves to rake at our house. Good thing we really like that shade. HA! This drink is a real SMASH! We are definitely going to try this. So simple and easy, perfect for the season!

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      Rachel — October 1, 2015 at 7:33 am

      They’re the absolute best and worst tree. Oh well!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — September 30, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Our huge tree out front is starting to drop it’s leaves and the rain yesterday afternoon made things worse! I think I’ll make a couple of these delicious cocktails to drink while I start the raking process that is sure to go on for the next month!

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      Rachel — October 1, 2015 at 7:33 am

      I wish we could have a dry Fall for once. We haven’t been able to jump in leaves in years!!

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    Julie | Small Green Kitchen — September 30, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Beer drinker right here but I’d totally drink a couple of these, Rachel!

    PS, I love the tropical scents at B&B and the cherry blossom as well (not the Japanese, just regular) but sadly, they don’t carry it regularly anymore. :P

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      Rachel — October 1, 2015 at 7:34 am

      I hate when they discontinue scents!

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    Tom @ Raise Your Garden — October 1, 2015 at 7:20 am

    I used to shop all the time at Bath & Body works for my wife until she recently confessed that she just likes candles there too, doesn’t actually want to smell like anything in that store. Oops. I try! Communication is tricky! Anyhow, this looks great bringing Fall flavors into our house. Getting much cooler here now.

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      Rachel — October 1, 2015 at 7:34 am

      There are MANY scents there I wouldn’t want to smell like but would still love in my house. Funny how that works.

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    Jack Smith — May 21, 2018 at 12:29 am

    I don’t drink much but have some family members that would love this.

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      Rachel — May 23, 2018 at 6:55 am

      I hope they enjoy it! :)

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    Courtney — November 12, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I found your recipe as I was browsing for possible cocktails to make a batch of for people to sip on as they chat and help me in the kitchen for Thanksgiving- it sounds delicious! I was going to ask if you had made it with bourbon and how that compared, but I think my husband and I will try a taste test soon to see what we’ll have on Thanksgiving!

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      Rachel — November 13, 2018 at 7:26 am

      I hope you both enjoy it! I’m sure you could easily substitute bourbon for whiskey if that’s what you have on hand.

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    Valerie — November 16, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    I let it sit for a couple of minutes, and afterwards it was delicious! I also added a little splash splash of coffee.

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      Rachel — November 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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    Emily — November 1, 2021 at 1:28 am

    This is SO good!! I used Trader Joe’s honey crisp apple cider and it was the perfect fall drink. So easy to make too.

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      Rachel — November 10, 2021 at 11:36 am

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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