Drinks Made with Cider

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Cider Cocktail Recipes
 

 

Traditional Mulled Cider Recipe

A seasonal staple in the cider regions of England during the Holidays and Wassailing. Americans generally mull "cider" using fresh apple juice. We suggest you try it as they make it in the Old Country and us a dry to semi-dry fermented cider.

While making the following quantity is not inexpensive it does go quite a long ways at a party and the recipe can easily be divided into half.

Ingredients

  • 3½pts/2L dry or semi-dry cider
  • 2 apples studded with cloves
  • 4-6 cinnamon sticks
  • 5-6 allspice berries
  • zest of 1/2 to 1 orange (to taste, too much can over power your drink)
  • Apple Brandy, Calvados, or Apple Jack to taste/strength. We like to make our mulled cider using apple spirits but rum and whiskey will also work.
  • slices of apple for garnish

Preparation method
  • Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer gently for 30 minutes - do not boil.
  • Transfer to a heatproof bowl and ladle into glass mugs. Garnish with apple slices to serve.

Thimbleberry Splash

makes 1 highball | start to finish: 5 minutes

  • 1 ounce San Juan Island Distillers Gin
  • 1 ounce San Juan Distillers Thimbleberry Brandy
  • 6 ounces hard cider
  • optional garnish: fresh raspberry

Fill a highball glass two thirds of the way with ice. Pour in the gin and brandy on top of the ice. Cover the glass with a cocktail shaker and shake until the contents are well chilled. Top up the glass with cider, garnish with a fresh raspberry and serve.

Cider Nectar

The lemony tartness disguises all but the faintest kick of brandy in this refreshing highball. It’s perfect for a hot summer afternoon.

makes 1 highball | start to finish: 5 minutes

1 1/2 ounces brandy or cognac

1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon sugar
6 ounces cider

optional garnish: 2 lemon twists

Fill a highball glass two thirds of the way with ice. Add the brandy, lemon and sugar on top of the ice. Cover the glass with a cocktail shaker and shake until the contents are well chilled. Top up the glass with cider, garnish with two twists of lemon zest and serve.