This cocktail sounded better on paper than what It turned out. I think it could be great with a little tweaking. The lemon flavor was too much and made it less smooth.
14 ounces Honeycrisp apple slices (about 3 medium apples)
1 cup water
1/2 cup unfiltered apple cider
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
5 ounces bourbon
Garnish: additional apple slices and thyme sprigs
Process 14 oz. Honeycrisp apple slices, water, apple cider, lemon juice, and maple syrup in a blender until smooth, about 1 1/2 minutes.
Pour through a fine sieve into an ice-filled pitcher. Discard solids. Stir in bourbon. Garnish, if desired.
Make It a Mocktail: Swap out the bourbon for 5 ounces light ginger beer, such as Fever-Tree Naturally Light.