Rye and Cider Cocktail Recipe

Brandy O'Neill | Nutmeg Nanny

Rye and Cider Cocktail uses good rye whiskey and apple cider. Cardamom bitters make this drink really special.

Lately my husband and I have been huge bourbon and rye fans. Our bar is running out of room but it’s ok because we now have enough delicious booze to make any cocktail my little mind can dream up.

Rye and Cider Cocktail Photo

Although if I’m being totally honest, most nights we don’t even use our good stuff for mixed drinks. My husband has this giant rule about using expensive liquor for anything but drinking straight.

He is so high maintenance when it comes to his collection of fine bottles. However, lucky for me we keep a few bottles of “mixing” bourbon and rye.

While there are not a lot of ingredients in this drink it’s the quality of ingredients that makes this drink fantastic – good rye whisky and cardamom bitters are a must. If you have never bought bitters before you need to run out to your nearest bar supply store and get yourself a few bottles.

I have everything from lavender to whisky barrel aged flavor. They add a special little zing to a drink that cannot be skipped.

Rye and Cider Cocktail Picture

I know for a few years of cocktail making I would see bitters on a list and skip over since I didn’t have them in house. Now that my bar is super stocked I have everything I could ever need.

Well, until I find more stuff that I need.

This is a really simple drink to get you into drinking brown spirits. It has a hint of citrus, sweet fresh cider and a few drops of bitters.

It could not be easier. I personally like my mine made with plain apple cider, but you could add sparkling cider if you really wanted.

Just remember to taste your cider before you add the sugar. You don’t want to end up with a drink too sweet.

If there is such a thing.

Don't forget to mix up some Old Bay Chex mix to nosh on while you enjoy your cocktail.

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Rye and Cider Cocktail Recipe

  1 Servings


  • 4 ounces Apple Cider
  • 1 ounce Rye Whiskey
  • 1 cube Sugar
  • 1 thin piece Lemon Peel
  • 3-4 drops Cardamom Bitters


  1. Add a few ice cubes to a short cocktail glass.
  2. Pour in apple cider, rye and sugar cube. Give a gentle stir to help dissolve the sugar cube.
  3. Add in lemon peel, a few dashes of bitters and gently stir to combine. 


  • If you wish to serve this drink without ice you can add ice to a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients, gently stir or shake and strain into your glass.


Cooking Method:
No Cook
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Author: Brandy O'Neill
Recipe Yields: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 169

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 4mg
Total Carbohydrate 14g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 17g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Brandy O'Neill

About Brandy

Brandy loves all things culinary, as documented on Nutmeg Nanny. But we're especially excited for her boozy cocktails and kid-friendly mocktails as our Cocktails and Mocktails Fanatic.

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