Apple, Pumpkin Beer Cocktails


I’m channeling my inner mixologist today and sharing my love for cocktails made with beer. I’m going to be perfectly honest with you guys. I DON’T love cocktails. I don’t love cocktails, that is, unless bourbon is involved. I can down a manhattan in just seconds. Basically if there is bourbon somewhere in the mix I just adore it. This may be why I have a not-so-secret obsession with beer that has been aged in bourbon barrels. These apple, pumpkin beer cocktails are probably the best thing to come out of a shaker glass, and you guys have got to try it this holiday season.


I don’t think this recipe could be posted at a more appropriate time. I mean we are under a week from Halloween, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

These apple, pumpkin beer cocktails…oh my…it’s like pumpkin pie and apple pie got together and had a beautiful baby. A baby made up of bourbon, pumpkin ale, apple cider and lemon juice.

Top it off with some cranberries and cinnamon sticks. It’s oh so festive!

I swear to you. It’s like Thanksgiving in a glass.

Beer Love:

When you go to choose your pumpkin ale for this cocktail, do be careful. Choose a pumpkin ale that you just love. This step is all based on personal preference. Do me proud!

Here are some examples of pumpkin ales I just love for these cocktails:

Elysian Brewing’s Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Uinta Brewing’s Punk’n

Nebraska Brewing Company’s Wick for Brains Pumpkin Ale

Southern Tier’s Pumking

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Apple, Pumpkin Beer Cocktails

Yields 4

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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  • 8 ounces good-quality bourbon
  • 9 ounces apple cider
  • 2 1/2 ounces lemon juice
  • 12 ounces pumpkin ale
  • ice
  • cinnamon sticks and cranberries for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, shake together the bourbon, apple cider and lemon juice. Pour into 4 glasses filled with ice.
  2. Pour the beer evenly into each glass.
  3. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and cranberries. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Adapted from Men’s Health



Categories: American Fare, Appetizers and Snacks, Autumn, Beer, Christmas, Cocktails, Drinks, Fall, Food and Beer Pairings, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Ale, Recipes, Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Winter
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  • grandbabycakes

    This drink looks heavenly.

  • Omg these look outstanding! Love… ;)

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    I love cocktails and really can’t drink anything else but wine. This cocktail is perfect for the fall!!

  • YOU are hilarious! The first time I visited your blog and saw your picture I INSTANTLY pegged you for a bourbon-swigger. Obviously! :) But seriously, I don’t know anything about bourbon. I do know, however, that this cocktail looks incredibly fresh and fallish and delicious. I cannot partake until I get this bun out of my oven, but I’m pinning this for January!!!!

    • Haha, am I that easy read!? Love it! You will certainly deserve it after 9 months! Thank you so much, Meggan!

  • CrunchyCreamySw

    Gorgeous! Love the flavors in these cocktails!

  • This sounds like a delicious cocktail. And I love your photos!

  • Ashalee Shaver

    Any idea how I could scale this in a large batch for a party?

    • Hi Ashalee! Hmm, that’s a good question actually. If you plan on serving it right away, I would just throw all of the ingredients into a large punch bowl, including the beer (minus the ice – serve that on the side). Include the cinnamon sticks and cranberries into the bowl also. It may also be a good idea to through in some club soda into the mix to keep it bubbly. I hope this helps, and let me know if this works!