Into the Woods Cocktail Recipe

Spicy ginger beer, dry apple cider, and warming bourbon combine in this party-ready holiday cocktail.

Photograph: Vicky Wasik

Light like a highball, but hearty and warming, party-friendly yet sophisticated, this cocktail is so classy that it's hard to believe it's nothing more than bourbon, ginger beer, and hard cider poured over ice, with a dash of bitters. Use a cider that's on the drier side; Austin Eastciders is a widely available favorite.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) bourbon

  • 2 ounces (60ml) dry hard cider

  • 2 ounces (60ml) ginger beer

  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Large lemon wedge, for garnish


  1. Combine bourbon, cider, ginger beer, and bitters in a tall glass with ice and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a large lemon wedge, squeezed into the drink and then added to the glass.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
341 Calories
2g Fat
74g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 341
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 19g 67%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 358mg 1,788%
Calcium 179mg 14%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 961mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)