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Fig Bourbon Cider Smash. Fresh apple cider, zesty orange, sweet fig preserves, a generous shot of bourbon, and a splash of sparkling water. This cider smash is sweet, citrusy, and warming. The perfect cocktail to cozy up to and welcome the start of autumn.

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Hey, hi and happy Saturday! Excited to be stopping in today for a quick cocktail post. I’m slowly getting back into Cocktail Saturday posts, which won’t officially begin until October 6th, but first, I just had to share with you this autumn inspired Fig Bourbon Cider Smash.

The official kick off to Holiday Cocktails will be Saturday, October 6th (mark your calendars!) with our first Spooky Cocktail of the month.

Are you guys ready for a cocktail overload?

October will be all about Halloween cocktails, November will be Thanksgiving focused… And yes, you guessed it, December will be all about Christmas. There’s going to be a lot of cocktails, a lot of fun, and I’m already so excited! If there are any special requests you have, please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear your ideas!

As always with my cocktail Saturday posts, these are meant to be fun, short, and sweet, so jumping right into the details today!

raw figs

If there was ever a transitional cocktail to say goodbye to summer and embrace fall, it’s this fig bourbon cider smash. It’s incredibly warming and cozy, but uses those late summer and early autumn figs that are beyond delicious.

It’s also incredibly easy to make. Here is how we do it.

In a cocktail shaker, combine fresh apple cider (my favorite cocktail mixer this time of year), orange zest and juice, fig preserves (this stuff is the BEST), and bourbon (don’t go for the cheap stuff, use something good people). Oh, and I also love adding a splash of balsamic vinegar for a nice tang. I know it sounds so weird, but a little goes a long way. It’s that special something that makes this bourbon smash better than any other.

Strain the drink into a glass (these and these are my current favorites right now). Then just top off with sparkling water and a fresh fig. Takes maybe five minutes to make, uses ingredients you hopefully have on hand, is classy, pretty, and so refreshing, really delicious, and super cozy.

All my favorites in one drink. Could not love this one more, and I’m excited to mix this up tonight before another hectic day of travel tomorrow.

raw figs

Hope you all enjoy… have a great Saturday!

PS. don’t forget to leave your drink requests in the comments below. I LOVE hearing your ideas!

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If you make this fig cider bourbon smash, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love hearing from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every one of you. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Fig Bourbon Cider Smash

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1 makes drink
Calories Per Serving: 204 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest + 2 tablespoons juice
  • 1 tablespoon fig preserves
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (optional, but delicious)
  • sparkling water, for topping
  • fresh figs, for serving

Instructions

  • 1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the apple cider, orange zest, orange juice, fig preserves, bourbon, and balsamic vinegar, if using. Shake to combine.
    2. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top off with sparkling water and garnish with a fresh fig. DRINK! 

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  1. 5 stars
    Really nice balance to this drink, my compliments! It also makes a great seasonal beverage to make for yourself or to offer to guests prior to dinner. As it gets cooler…I might need to explore some hot options, though!

    1. Hey Cynthia,
      Happy Sunday! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner. Thanks a lot for giving it a try! xTieghan

  2. I’m late to this party, but I had a quick question before trying this. Did you add ice to your cocktail shaker as well or did you just do a dry shake? Thanks so much! Love your blog!

    1. Hey Addie,
      I just did a dry shake! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Maria,
      I use non-alcoholic cider. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if I can help in any other way! xTieghan

  3. Just wondering why you bounce between cups and ounces? 1/4 cup = 2 ounces, why not just say 2 ounces like the rest of it?

    1. Hey Jay,
      Sorry didn’t really think about that! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  4. as much as i would LOVE a cocktail right now, i’m 17 weeks along with baby #2, so won’t be seeing any in my future for some time. however, would this still taste as good if I just omitted the bourbon? i know sometimes the “kick” from liquor can really make a difference in the taste, so wasn’t sure if it’s really necessary for those of us that can’t or aren’t drinking 🙂

    1. Hey Stephanie,
      I think this would be totally fine without the bourbon! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    I love a spring bourbon with mint, I can’t wait to try this refreshing drink, we love fall 🍁you are so warm a fuzzy👏🏼😁

  6. 5 stars
    Drinking this right now! I would definitely recommend adding the balsamic. I think the drink won’t be as balanced without it and the flavor is subtle.

    1. You could use either honestly! Mulled would be a delicious addition. Enjoy!

  7. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious! Looking forward to making when the weather gets a little cooler. Please think about a really thick spicy Bloody Mary. It’s so difficult to have a really great one. I love all your recipes. Thank you for all your creativity! Janice

  8. I locate there is a sliding-scale of its efficacy when compared with how well-experienced anyone opponent is.

  9. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it was so yummy. My fig preserves didn’t really mix in much from all the shaking/mixing though so I was wondering if it would have even more flavor if that had gotten properly broken up. Anyone else have this issue?

  10. 5 stars
    Yes!! I couldn’t wait to try this drink since our grocery store’s front door is packed with cider jugs! Love it! I have a fig balsamic vinegar from our local makers, so that was an extra ++ for this recipe. My fig tree is an early summer guy so I used the ones I froze, then ate them with my drink, soooo good!! Thank you!!

  11. 5 stars
    Just made this and wow is it good! My husband sad this is his new favorite cocktail:) Thanks Tieghan for another great recipe.

  12. I LOVE your recipes! your food & your drinks! so fun!
    I have a few suggestions…I am trying to bring back sloe gin. Have you heard of the sloe gin fizz? oldie but goodie. Anyway, it’s like the original infused spirit, with a berry flavor. I enjoyed it with lime and some fizz this summer but I am sure it could also make a nice autumn drink.
    I also like Parce Rum. neat.
    And was recently introduced to Licor 43 with coffee. YUM!
    Have fun with those! I can’t wait to see what you come up with 🙂

  13. Cocktail Saturday!!! What a fantastic idea. It’s definitely going to give Taco Tuesday a run for it’s money. As for this little cocky. . .absolute perfection for fall. I’m also dying to see all the spooky cocktails. They add so much fun & whimsy to this time of year.

  14. This Fall drink sounds yummy. Can this be made in larger quantity in a pitcher or do you have a good fall drink (not too sweet and not sangria) that I can feed a group of 15 easily?

    Thank you!!

    1. Hey Janet! I have lots fall pitcher cocktails, see my drink section below. Also, you can make this into a pitcher, measurements below. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

      Drinks:

      https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/category/recipes/drinks/page/3/
      https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/cranberry-thyme-spritz/

      Pitcher of Fig Smash
      2 cups apple cider
      2 tablespoons orange zest + 1 cup juice
      1/2 cupfig preserves
      2 cups bourbon
      2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (optional, but delicious)
      sparkling water, for topping
      fresh figs, for serving

      mix everything, but the sparkling water, chill, then add the sparkling water before serving.

  15. We have brown sugar bourbon. Would that pair well with this drink do you think? Would love some cocktail recipes for brown sugar bourbon!

    1. ey Alicia! I think brown sugar bourbon will be AMAZING! That sounds awesome! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  16. I just recently found/discovered how much I love fresh figs! Apple cider and bourbon sound delicious together; will definitely be trying this! 🙂

  17. 5 stars
    what a smash indeed! wow, am impressed by your creativity with this drink, it also nice looking too in all of it’s fall splendor, so glad you kicked off your themed or holiday themed cocktails off early this year, thank you!

  18. It seems like each recipe I try Is better than the last! Love them all. My husband says “she is so in sync with our tastes!” Tried the chicken noddle casserole and it’s a keeper! Now I can’t wait to try this cocktail. Bourbon drinks are our favorite and of course we love fig and balsamic!

  19. We love making Campari/ Aperol Spritz, but you can only drink so many… I’d love ideas on other ways to use the leftover Aperol or Campari… they’re so nice and bright orange, too, they make beautiful drinks! Thanks!

  20. Mmmm….now you’re talking! Bourbon and cider are two of my flavors for fall. Thanks again for for another creative and delicious recipe.

  21. How about a cocktail made with soft persimmons? I have a tree and the persimmons will be ripe soon and I am always looking for a way to use them. This fig cocktail sounds wonderful!