Apple Ginger Bourbon Smash

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Jillian Harris Thanksgiving Bourbon Smash

Hi loves and happy Friday to you all!! Considering we’re heading into a long weekend AND our Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up, I thought it would be fun to share a delish (and boozy!) seasonal cocktail with you!! Ladies and Gentleman … let me introduce you to the Apple Ginger Bourbon Smash!!

This festive cocktail is PERFECT for Thanksgiving or as a welcome drink for fall dinner parties! We were inspired to whip this cocktail up after our recent trip to Davison Orchards in Vernon, BC … it got all of us into the autumn spirit (even though it was a heat wave that day! LOL), and we really wanted to try and incorporate their delicious pure apple juice into a cocktail … and BOOM … the Apple Ginger Bourbon Smash was born!

Alright, here’s what we came up with …

Jillian Harris Thanksgiving Bourbon Smash

Apple Ginger Bourbon Smash

Makes one cocktail. Easily double or multiplied to serve more!


  • 1.5 oz bourbon
  • .5 oz triple sec or dash orange bitters
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh unsweetened apple juice or apple cider (I got some from a local orchard in town!)
  • Ginger beer for topping
  • Ice
  • For garnish: Apple slices or cinnamon sticks


  1. Combine bourbon, triple sec, lemon juice and apple juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake until you feel the outside of the shaker starting to get cold, and then strain through shaker into small glass filled with ice, about 3/4 full.
  3. Top with ginger beer and garnish with apple slices or cinnamon.
  4. ENJOY!!!!

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What’s your favourite fall cocktail?? Comment below!!



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  • I recently discovered bourbon in a mixed drink (peach bourbon lemonade I think). I l.o.v.e.d. it!!! What are some good bourbons to try with this recipe?

  • Marnie Cooper  • 

    Going to make this for our progressive dinner with the neighbors! There’s 7 houses, were starting at 4pm and the rule is to make an appie and a cocktail each. So we spend 1 hour at each other’s house and walk to the next house and keep going until the end of the night! It’s a very full and boozy night. So much fun. Thanks for the idea!

  • marlene fanucchi  • 

    your such a lovely is a picture so enjoy everyday. when you get older its all a beautiful dream. so dream big as my grandaughter sAYS. ( SHES JUST TURNING 7 THIS MONTH.)