September 18, 2014 08:30 AM

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Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, a.k.a. Alie & Georgia, host Cooking Channel food-travel series Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. Visit PEOPLE.com every Thursday for their playful spins on celebrity recipes, cocktails, entertaining ideas—and, of course, lots of laughs!

Ahhhh, autumn. A time when we can slow down, cozy up and most importantly: drink apple cider. While there’s nothing wrong with drinking cider straight, there is so much right with drinking it spiked.

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So we concocted a simple, sweet caramel-y version that rings in fall in a way that will make you wish summer never comes. From now on, if anyone asks how you like them apples, tell them — with bourbon, dude.

(Note: if you live in Los Angeles — like us — and it’s still sweltering, just make this drink over ice and try not to get scarf-envy.)

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Caramel Bourbon Apple Cider
Makes 1 cocktail

5 oz hot apple cider
1 oz bourbon
½ oz butterscotch schnapps
Dusting of cinnamon
Apple wedge garnish

1. Add first two ingredients to a mug and top with warm apple cider.
2. Dust with cinnamon and garnish with a round slice of green apple.
3. Hide under a blanket for as long as you wish.

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