Lifestyle: 6 Apple Cider Cocktails to Celebrate Fall

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The temperature stared to get cooler, as the trees get more colorful and slowly painting the whole town orange and red – autumn is reaching its peak! I went to the pumpkin patch and got pumpkins and gourds in all shapes and sized to add a little harvesting mood in the house. I also switched the morning coffee to pumpkin flavor for that warming aroma in the atmosphere. When I walk down the streets in the city, it is exciting to see pumpkin spiced everything popping up at the windows – from lattes to cheese cakes to scented candle – it is hard not to dive into the fall sensations with the rest of the world.

As much as we love all the pumpkin-spice flavors, pumpkin is not the only fruit that represent fall – apple, in all varieties, is also one of the stars of the season. I went on an apple-picking trip last weekend, I might got a little too excited and picked more apples than I can ever consume. After making some Bake Apple Crisps for a dinner party, a couple of Caramel Apples for the nephews, and a batch of irresistible fried apple dumplings as a guilty pleasure, I still have a small mountain of apples in the kitchen staring at me. Since I can only handle so many desserts, I decided make apple ciders.

Who doesn’t love a good apple cider? It is tasty and nutritious, and it is refreshing when served cold, and soothing and comforting when it’s warm. I can never get enough of apple cider every year when it is in season. As much as I love to drink apple cider as it is, I like to use it as a mixer for the seasonal cocktails, too! The apple flavor goes well with most liquor and gives a crisp touch to the cocktails, which make them the perfect thing to round out any fall parties with a seasonal touch. Here are some of the recipes that I keep in my files, as they are guarantee crowd pleaser and also super easy to make:

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Photo:hellonatural.co

1). Honey Bourbon Apple Cocktail

When I think of apple cider cocktails, I think of bourbon – as apple cider and bourbon are both aromatic and compliment each other so well. With just a touch of honey, it adds a little sweetness and gives a perfect balance on the mouth. This cocktail can be served hot or cold.

Ingredients (for 1 serving):

4 ounces bourbon
10 ounces apple cider
2 teaspoon raw honey
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 slices of fresh apple
1 cinnamon stick (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place apple cider, honey, cinnamon and apple slices in a sauce pot, bring to boil and let simmer for 5 minutes, just to release the flavors.
  2. Strain the mixture if needed, and save the apple slices if you want to use them as garnish.
  3. Let it cool if you want to serve them cold.
  4. Add bourbon into the mixture, pour into serving glass and add cinnamon stick (if using) for garnish.
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Photo:sugarandcharm.com

2). Apple Cider Moscow Mules

Moscow Mules has been one of the hottest cocktails in the recent years, and I like the idea of taking a spin from something that’s already trending. Plus, I love the copper mugs that they are usually served in, it makes the cocktail looks fancier sometimes.

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)

2 ounces gingered flavored vodka
2 ounces apple cider
¼ ounce fresh lime juice (or juice of ¼ lemon)
4 ounces ginger beer (or enough to top it off)
Cinnamon or apple slices for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Fill the copper mug with ice
  2. Add vodka, apple cider and lime juice
  3. Top off the mug with ginger beer
  4. Stir well, sprinkle cinnamon or add apple slices for garnish.
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Photo:blahnikbaker.com

3). Apple Cider Mojito

This is a great cocktail to transition from summer to fall — the mint leaves gives the cocktail its signature refreshing flavor, and apple with cinnamon brings a little warmth to the taste and gives it that fall harvesting touch.

Ingredients (makes 1 serving):

1 ½ ounces dark rum
2 teaspoon brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 handful (about 5 large leaves) mint leaves
2 slices of apple,
4 ounces apple cider
Club soda to top off
More apple slices for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing glass, add 2 slices of apple, mint leaves, brown sugar and cinnamon, muddle hard with a muddler till all pieces are broken up.
  2. Filled the mixing glass with ice, add dark rum, orange juice and apple cider and shake it hard.
  3. Pour the mixture into serving glass, top it off with club soda and garnish.
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Photo:howsweeteats.com

4). Apple Cider Sangria

Sangria is one of the easiest cocktails to make for a bigger party, and it’s just as easy to drink as well. I love Sangrias in warm summer days, but this is a great recipe to bring the summery drink to fall season!

Ingredients (makes 4-6 servings):

1 bottle of white wine (I like to use Sauvignon Blanc, or anything non-oaky)
4 ounces ginger brandy
10 ounces (or about 2 ½ cups) fresh apple cider
8 ounces (about 1 cup) club soda or sparkling water
3 apples, cut into slices or cubes
3 pears, cut into slices or cubes

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients besides the club soda in a large pitcher
  2. Refrigerate it for at least 2 hours (or overnight if you can)
  3. Add club soda before serving.
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Photo:thecookierookie.com

5). Apple Cider Mimosa

This is another no-way-you-can-mess-this-up recipe. It is super simple but it looks nice and fancy, it’s a great cocktail to elevate any party scene.

Ingredients (makes 1 serving):

4 ounces apple cider
4-6 ounces Champagne
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 table brown sugar
1 lemon or lime wedge
1 apple slice for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Use the lemon or lime slice to wet the rim of the champagne glasses
  2. Mix cinnamon and brown sugar till its even, and dip rim the champagne glasses with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  3. Pour apple cider in champagne glass, and then top it off with champagne.
  4. Add apple slice for garnish, if desired.
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Photo:kitchenkonfidence.com

6). Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz

I want to give apple all the attention, but it’s hard to celebrate fall flavors without including a little pumpkin. This cocktail is very much a pumpkin pie in a glass.

Ingredients (makes 1 serving):

1 ½ ounce vanilla vodka
1 ½ ounce pumpkin puree (I use it straight from a can)
2 ounce apple cider
1 ½ ounce ginger beer

Instructions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add vanilla vodka, pumpkin puree, and apple cider. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  2. Strain into a glass, filled up the glass with ice, and top it off with ginger beer.

Drink up and enjoy the beautiful fall season before it gets too cold,… just a little reminder, these drinks might not appear harmful, they are delicious and it’s very easy to over indulge on any of them. So sip on it, and make sure you have some food in your belly to support the alcohol! Cheers!

xo,
Alicia