The Bourbon Bomber

Published On November 1, 2012 | By Mike Lewicki | Bourbon, Cocktails

Each season has its own story to tell. Autumn is no different. The moment you step outside, the pages of the season turn in front of you, revealing crimson colours and nature evolving. The sights and aromas are unique to fall, just as it is back inside. When you walk through the door, you’re fueled by the smell.  It jumps from the stove and welcomes you. Autumn’s calling card.

As a child, autumn meant many things in my house, but my favourite had to be fresh cider simmering on the stove. When the temperatures dipped, cider would be warming away with the familiar scent of cloves and spices. The promise of a cup of cider always kept me warm inside when I was out fighting through the bitter cold. And instantly brought a smile to my face when I returned home.

On the weekend, we would head out to visit my grandparents, who were about an hour outside the city. Every time we turned up the long paved driveway I could see my grandmother sitting in her familiar spot, the big chair nearest the window. It was her view to the outside world, watching people come and go, many of whom would stop by for a visit. When she didn’t have guests over she would sit there and listen to the birds outside, her door left open so she could be closer to nature. But when we came to visit she would change spots, instead choosing to spend time working away in the kitchen. And in the fall that meant her own cider.

I knew early on that she longed for more than she had. She never held a driver’s license and was dependent on my grandfather and relatives. But the one place she was in total control was in her small, country kitchen. It was there that she spent a good part of her days, preparing food for her husband and family. When we came to visit, she would make brunch and seasonal drinks. In the fall, cider simmered away for a good part of the day and was ladled into mugs whenever we desired it. After a day outside playing in the big oak tree and raking leaves for them, it hit the spot.

To this day, I have a fondness for cider. With time constraints, I’ll pick up some local cider at the market, but nothing compares to taking the time to make your own. And the aroma it creates will stay with you all day. So that’s what I did. Fresh chilled cider as the base for this cocktail. And the combination of spices and flavours makes this drink perfect for the season. It’s been a hit since I started making it. And it only ends when the pitcher runs out.



Mike Lewicki is a contributor at The Boys Club and blogger at Verses From My Kitchen.

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once worked behind a bar. You can't get better cocktail experience than that. Mike is blogger at Versus From My Kitchen Follow Mike on twitter @mikevfmk.

45 Responses to The Bourbon Bomber

  1. Oooo, I LOVE bourbon. And I especially appreciate the large-batch method here. ;)

  2. Wow, homemade apple cider! It never occurred to me that that was something I could make myself, but now I’m really going to have to. And of course, I’ll have to use some to make this beautiful cocktail too!

  3. Mom says:

    love your receipe Michael, brings back memories of my mom your grandma your pictures are so inviting

  4. Alison Lewis says:

    this rocks!! anything bourbon for this southern girl is a hit with me

  5. Denise says:

    Great story Mike. My grandmother would do the same thing but it was at her dining room table she would sit. Flipping thru a book, drawing on a notepad or watching the birds. She never learned to drive either – walked everywhere or my great aunt would drive her. There are familiar scents that always bring me to her, not apple cider or cocktails, that was something I had to learn on my own. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Happy weekend.

  6. Don Lesar says:

    Michael just tried this tonight before a squash soup and tenderloin dinner. Top notch buddy.

  7. Bill says:

    Such an amazing cocktail. Well done!

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  14. Great cocktail, thanks! Any chance the tbsp of All Spice in the Bomber recipe is supposed to be a tsp? Seemed like a lot of All Spice.

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  18. Jennifer says:

    Just wanted you guys to know that this is now my absolute FAVORITE cocktail, and I designed a sweet little recipe graphic for it and posted it on the Tonic facebook page. Made sure to give you credit!

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  29. Mira says:

    I am making this this weekend, if not tonight! Quick question: in the first part for the apple cider, you list 2 measurements of nutmeg (1 nutmeg and 5 tsp grated nutmeg)… is that a mistake or meant to be?

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  31. This sounds phenomenal!

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  38. Candace says:

    At the start of the cider making (step 1), you’ve got 1 whole nutmeg and 5 tsp of nutmeg listed. Are you supposed to add both forms of nutmeg to the mix with the water? You only refer to “the nutmeg” in step 1.

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