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September Serenity – Windy City Cider Sipper


As the leaves start to turn and a hint of crispness fills the air in the Windy City, we’re thrilled to present the September cocktail of the month: The Windy City Cider Sipper. This delightful concoction captures the essence of autumn in Chicago, blending the warmth of apple cider with a touch of spice and a dash of elegance. Whether you’re strolling through Millennium Park or cozying up indoors, the Windy City Cider Sipper is the perfect way to savor September in style.


2 oz bourbon
4 oz fresh apple cider
½ oz cinnamon syrup
¼ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
Apple slice and cinnamon stick for garnish
Ice cubes


In a shaker, combine the bourbon, fresh apple cider, cinnamon syrup, and lemon juice.
Fill the shaker with ice and gently stir to mix the ingredients.
Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a thin apple slice and a cinnamon stick for a touch of autumn flair.

Embracing Chicago’s September:
The inspiration behind the Windy City Cider Sipper comes from the captivating transformation of Chicago as summer transitions into fall. The city’s parks and streets are painted with the rich hues of changing leaves, and the air holds a sense of renewal and excitement. This cocktail aims to capture that energy, offering a taste of the Windy City’s September charm.

Presentation Tips:
To mirror the cozy vibes of Chicago’s September, serve the Windy City Cider Sipper in a sturdy rocks glass. The caramel tones of the bourbon and cider blend beautifully, while the apple slice and cinnamon stick garnish evoke the inviting aromas of an autumn kitchen.

Pairing Suggestions:
Complement the Windy City Cider Sipper with hearty fall fare. Consider pairing it with a charcuterie board featuring local cheeses and cured meats or a plate of warm, soft pretzels with a tangy mustard dip. These pairings harmonize with the cocktail’s comforting flavors.

Mixology Techniques:
The key to the Windy City Cider Sipper lies in its balance. The combination of bourbon, apple cider, and cinnamon syrup creates a harmonious blend of sweet and spicy notes. Stirring the cocktail ensures that the flavors meld smoothly, allowing you to savor every nuance in each sip.

Responsibility First:
We encourage you to enjoy the Windy City Cider Sipper responsibly. This cocktail is meant to enhance your experience, not detract from it. If you’re planning a night out in Chicago, remember to designate a driver or explore public transportation options.

Share Your September Moments:
Join us in celebrating the beauty of September in Chicago by sharing your Windy City Cider Sipper experience on social media using #ChicagoCiderSipper. Let’s toast to the vibrant city we call home and the wonderful flavors of fall.

Looking to Join the Windy City Bar Team?
Are you a talented bartender with a passion for mixology? We’re on the lookout for skilled bartenders to join our team in Chicago. If you’re a charismatic mixologist who thrives in Chicago’s vibrant hospitality scene, visit our website and explore our career opportunities today. Join us in crafting unforgettable experiences for our patrons in the heart of the Windy City.

In Conclusion:
As September sweeps through Chicago, embrace the changing seasons with a Windy City Cider Sipper in hand. This cocktail captures the heartwarming essence of autumn and invites you to savor the city’s September charm. Here’s to the Windy City and the wonderful memories it holds!

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