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
Makes: 1 drink

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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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