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oz fruity red wine, such as Merlot
oz freshly squeezed lime juice
teaspoon ground ginger
Tiny pinch ground cinnamon
Apple slices, for garnish
To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the cider, vodka, wine, lime juice, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Shake vigorously, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an apple slice.
More About This Recipe
- This apple cider and red wine cocktail is much more fun than going to the gym.It’s January 2nd. We begin today in earnest, ready to amend our excessive holiday shenanigans. From here on out, it’s just us, our resolve and a long stretch of winter until St. Patrick’s Day.I need a cocktail.I know we’re supposed to be on our best New Year’s behavior, but I don’t think one last drink will hurt, do you? Let’s shake up an Apple Cider Resolution Cocktail. After all, the previous year deserves another toast – and personally, I’m going to need a double once I realize that my resolve to go to hot yoga four days a week is weaker than I suspected.This drink is adapted from the Food Network’s Resolution Cocktail and combines wintery spices with fresh flavors for a complex, refreshing drink. Vodka and lime keep things light and clean, while a splash of red wine, apple cider and mulling spices add warmth.Though the flavor is enchanting, there’s no magic to the steps here: Throw everything into your cocktail and shake vigorously. If you feel a slight burn in your bicep, you're doing things right.Finally pour, sip and enjoy. Now wasn’t that more fun than hot yoga?
6 Hard Cider Cocktail Recipes
Like apple juice’s naughty cousin with a badass attitude, hard cider will wake up your taste buds with a refreshing slap of fermented apple flavors and alcoholic content. Basically a wine made from apples instead of grapes, hard cider can be still or sparkling, and is classified from dry to sweet. Apple cider can be anywhere from pale yellow to dark brown, depending on the filtering process between fruit pressing and fermentation more traditional brands are darker and cloudier, while popular new brands are clear and crisp.
While hard apple cider tastes fantastic on its own straight from the bottle, you can give the drink a little pizzazz with the following cocktail recipes.
1. Snakebite – While it sounds scary, this light cocktail is an easy-to-make version of a shandy. Simply mix equal parts hard apple cider with your favorite lager. For style points, float the lager on top of the cider by adding the cider to your glass first, then slowly pouring the lager over the back of a spoon on top of it. If you prefer sweet drinks, you can also add in a dash of blackcurrant cordial – now your cocktail is called a Snakebite and Black.
2. Black Adder – Also a blend of beer and cider, this drink is a twist on the Black Velvet Champagne cocktail. Fill a champagne flute halfway full with chilled stout beer, such as Guinness. Float the cider on top of the stout by pouring it slowly over the back of the spoon, creating a two-layered drink. If the spoon trick is too much trouble for you, just mix the cider and stout together in your glass, turning your Black Adder into a cocktail called a Poor Man’s Black Velvet.
3. Bourbon Cider Cocktail – Stepping up our cider cocktails into liquor territory, this drink combines two of America’s favorite flavors (apples and bourbon) with a touch of cinnamon for a belly-warming experience. In a shaker, combine 1 ounce bourbon (such as Maker’s Mark) with 6 ounces hard cider and a dash of ground cinnamon. Shake gently and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a fresh slice of apple.
4. Green Apple Cider – Bright green and packing a punch, this tasty cocktail is as easy to make as it is to drink. Simply add 1 ½ ounces of Midori (melon liqueur) to a glass of chilled hard cider. Enjoy cold.
5. Hot Apple Pie – Serve this hot cocktail in a heated mug to chase away winter chills and enjoy a grown-up taste of comfort food. Pour two ounces of Tuaca (a vanilla-citrus liqueur) into a warm mug or Irish coffee glass. Fill to the top with hard apple cider that has been heated almost to the boiling point, but not quite. Top with fresh whipped cream, and garnish with a stick of cinnamon.
6. Prairie Fire – Using hot sauce to counterbalance the crisp, cool cider, this redneck favorite goes down surprisingly well in the cold winter months. Pour yourself a glass of chilled hard cider, then float 1/8 teaspoon of Louisiana hot sauce (such as Tabasco) on top by pouring it slowly over the back of the spoon. As the hot sauce sinks, your cocktail will look like a prairie fire. Drink it quickly before the flames get out of control.
Cold Apple Cider with Bourbon
This easy-peazy treat from TidyMom.net will have you choosing apple cider over pumpkin beer this fall. It calls for apple cider, bourbon, a splash of ginger beer or ginger ale, lemon juice and — if you’re looking to impress friends — an apple slice, thyme spring and cinnamon stick for garnish.
Allison Sousan, the youngest daughter of the woman behind TidyMom.net, suggests serving the cocktail on the rocks and using any mid-range bourbon. “I used Jim Beam and loved it, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand, or whatever brand you prefer,” she writes.
Not into bourbon? She also suggests swapping it out for any other dark liquor.
Hot Apple Cider with Bourbon
The only trick to this three-ingredient cocktail is to start early. The folks at Umami say, when they head to their cabin in the fall, they simmer apple cider with cinnamon sticks most of the day. But at minimum, they recommend simmering it for 30 minutes.
[Photo by Tijana Drndarski on Unsplash]
Apple Cider Cocktail
Ryan at ChiselandFork.com came up with this autumn-inspired blend, which is served over crushed ice. The ingredient list is short: just apple cider, dark rum, fireball whiskey, and apple. But the result is delicious. Follow his tips and tricks to make the most of this fall treat.
3 Hard Cider Cocktails to Make at Home
As we revel in the bounty of early autumn farmers' markets, we're drinking as much cider as we can—especially the boozy kind. Less sweet than fresh non-alcoholic cider, hard cider is ideal for mixing into cocktails. It's crisp and often effervescent like sparkling wine, making it a no-brainer for variations on loads of classic drinks. It adds a lovely bright acidity to cocktails, too, just like a squeeze of lemon does.
To be honest, I love hard cider in cocktails for practical reasons too: a bottle of cider is cheaper and easier to finish than a bottle of sparkling wine. Here are three drinks that incorporate some widely available hard ciders, the kind you'll find at the supermarket. If you'd like to substitute a cider from your favorite local cidery, keep in mind that you might need to adjust the drink slightly for balance and sweetness.
Fruit-forward without being cloying, this sparkling drink stars pomegranates (the pom) and apples (the pomme). A dry hard cider is the perfect autumnal stand-in for bubbly, and Laird's Apple Brandy lends another layer of rich fall flavor. This drink has all the party cocktail bases covered: it's not too stong, it's really pretty, and it's not too sweet to drink alongside food.
Granny's Navy Grog
A tiki cocktail with as many versions as there are bartenders, the Navy Grog is a more refined version of a drink with roots in the British Royal Navy. Taking a cue from the tiki tradition, this version layers light, un-aged rum with a fuller-bodied aged dark rum. Fresh squeezed grapefruit and lemon juice pull out the tart acidic notes of the cider. Although you might expect that a cocktail with two types of rum would be heavy, this one is surprisingly light, with just enough body and warmth for cool weather sipping.
Sazerac and Cider
As much as it packs a punch, the Sazerac also packs a ton of history. Depending on who you ask, it's "America's first cocktail," one that the city of New Orleans is proud to claim as its own. Nothing in the long history of the Sazerac points to an affinity with hard cider, but flavor-wise, it makes great sense. Apple flavors are a natural partner for a warming spirit like rye, and cider even plays well with the anise and botanicals in absinthe, which can be a bit of an oddball to mix. The cider softens the edges of the Sazerac a bit.
Apple Cider Cocktail
When you think of fall fruit, you think of apples. A few years ago Lauren and I got married in the fall. As has become popular with weddings these days, we wanted to have a signature drink.
I remember the summer leading up to the wedding, we were trying different drinks almost every weekend. The one thing we knew is we wanted to have apple involved as we had a fall wedding.
After enjoying quite a few different iterations, we settled on a simple yet tasty recipe I found on Food Network that only had three ingredients, four if you wanted some fresh apple in it - an apple cocktail. To play off the wedding, we named it Applely Ever After.
Obviously since we picked this drink we thought they were good, but didn't have any idea how popular they'd be at the wedding. I had multiple people afterward ask for the recipe. Everyone was surprised how easy it was!
These apple cocktails can be dangerous as the Fireball Whisky complements the apple cider perfectly! Make no mistake, there is a decent amount of alcohol in them so don't go overboard, unless you want to of course. I hope you enjoy!