Cocktails Made With Cider

The Sideshow Cocktail from Pickled Capers

The Sideshow Cocktail from Pickled Capers

Cider isn’t just something you drink in the fall! It can also be a lovely cocktail ingredient that gives a little zip to your sip (I am totally joking with that phrasing although the sentiment is accurate). Here are some crisp and bright cider cocktails perfect for any time of year.

The Sideshow Cocktail ~ Mixing cider with gin gives a summery twist to the cider cocktail. Add in a little herbacious Benedictine and bitters and you have a winner.

Cider Rum Punch ~ Thyme simple syrup adds a fresh flavor to this punch that makes it a fun choice for summer.

Apple Cider Sangria ~ Few things are more summery than Sangria. Have fun with the choice of fruit and make it for a backyard barbecue.

Maple Cider Cherry Whiskey ~ Grab some cherries from one of the summer roadside stands and get to making this cider and whiskey cocktail!

Hard Cider Ginger Shandy ~ Ginger beer and hard cider are a refreshing take on a shandy that will go great with a sunny day.

Warm up with Hot Cocktails

Amsterdam Hot Chocolate from 12 Bottle Bar

I must get cold around this time of year, because last year at this same time I rounded up some hot drinks to warm yourself up with. If you want even more options, here are some other delicious cocktails that are served warm for this cozy time of year.

Calientito ~ This hot pear cider with tequila that is perfect for fall. The recipe calls for Asian pears, which are possibly the best ones!

Trinidad Punch ~ Rum, chocolate, coconut milk, and vanilla … I don’t see how you can go wrong with that combination. (scroll to the bottom of her post for the recipe)

Blackberry Hot Toddy ~ This fruity twist on a classic hot cocktail is a beautiful color, so it’s great for a party situation. The tea and herbs sound like a great complement to the fruit and bourbon.

Amsterdam Hot Chocolate ~ Genever and Grand Marnier add a little extra oomph to already-delicious hot chocolate. Mandatory: top with whipped cream!

Hot Rum Cow ~ Rum and milk with just the right spices makes for a simple cocktail that’s reminiscent of all the creamy holiday drinks without all the heaviness.

Fall Gin Cocktail: Apple Business

Apple Business4 (credit Alice Gao)It’s fall … even though the weather where I am doesn’t quite feel like it yet. To get a little of that autumnal atmosphere into my life, I mixed up an apple cocktail. It’s simple to make, but has a lot of complex flavors going on. The floral notes in the gin really went well with honey. Come on, fall! I’m ready for you!

It’s no secret Nolet’s is one of my favorite gins, so I was more than happy to try this recipe when they sent it to me. I just used plain old clover honey (like the kind that comes in a squeezy bear), but this would be excellent with some blackberry honey or orange honey.

Apple Business

2 ounces gin
1 ounce fresh apple juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce honey

Shake all ingredients over ice, and then strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with apple slice.

Recipe by Theo Lieberman, Milk & Honey (NYC)
Photo by Alice Gao

Pomegranate Cocktails

diyvsbuy-grenadinePomegranate has a fresh combination of sweet and tart flavor that’s perfect for cocktails–whether you juice one of these bad boys yourself or use the store-bought stuff. If you buy the juice, be sure you’re using 100% pomegranate juice that’s not from concentrate for full effect.

(It’s even the main ingredient in DIY grenadine. The commercial version often just uses red dye instead).

Pomegranate Grapefruit Campari Cocktail ~ With that delicious combination of flavors, it’s impossible to go wrong.

Pomegranate Bourbon Cocktail ~ Pomegranate juice and pomegranate molasses give the perfect sweet and tart one-two punch to this simple bourbon cocktail.

Pomegranate Guava Margarita ~ This is quite an exciting margarita, indeed. Aside from the pomegranate and guava, there’s also ginger to spice things up.

IPA Aperol Pomegranate Cocktail ~ A beer cocktail that includes pomegranate and Aperol, a delicious aperitif is a unique way to mix things up.

Isle of Pines Cocktail ~ Rum and grapefruit are a nice counterbalance to pomegranate in this pretty cocktail that’s pretty tasty.

Fig Cocktails

Honey Fig Redemption from 12 Bottle Bar

Honey Fig Redemption from 12 Bottle Bar

Figs are fantastic! They’re everywhere right now, as we transition from the hot hot summer into the (still hot for some reason) fall. Muddle it, infuse with it, roast and puree it! There’s so much figs can do for your cocktails.

Hey, Fig Spender ~ This drink uses a fig-infused bourbon as a base for a Manhattan-like cocktail. I used Dubonnet, but it’s also good with sweet vermouth. The fig-infused bourbon would also make a great Old Fashioned!

Fig Cocktail No. 1 ~ For a lighter, more summery drink, try this one made with vodka, rosemary simple syrup, lemon, and of course figs. A fresh and unexpected flavor combo!

Two-Hit Fig Punch ~ Whiskey and spiced rum turn this fresh fruit punch into a complex and very adult party punch.

Honey Fig Redemption ~ Rye and red wine, along with honey-mint syrup and lemon, elevate the simple fig into a sophisticated cocktail.

Roasted Fig Cocktail ~ A roasted fig and balsamic vinegar puree is the star of this whiskey drink, which also has the autumnal flavor of maple syrup on its side. Yum!

Pumpkin Flip

I never get sick of pumpkin-flavored everything. My new favorite is this pumpkiny bourbon cocktail I made with Savvy Housekeeping. It’s light and fluffy while being bold and spicy at the same time. It’s the perfect special-treat cocktail for all of autumn. Whether you have leftover pumpkins from Halloween or just want a Thanksgiving cocktail, this one will do the trick!

We used St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, but you could also make it with homemade allspice dram. (I used up all my DIY allspice dram on Tiki creations already!) For the pumpkin puree, you can use the canned variety (just be sure it’s not flavored at all) or make your own fresh pumpkin puree. If you’re concerned about using raw egg whites, you can use pasteurized egg whites. However, we used fresh eggs straight from the Savvy Housekeeping chicken coop!

Pumpkin Flip
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce allspice liqueur
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1/4 ounce lemon juice
1 egg white
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

Pour the bourbon, liqueur, simple syrup, puree, lemon juice, and egg white into a shaker without ice and shake hard for about 30 seconds. Add ice and shake again for about 1 minute. Ice will build up on the outside of the shaker if you’ve done it right, so you’ll need to cover the shaker with a tea towel first so your hands won’t get too cold. Crack the shaker open and pour out the drink through the gap. Top with bitters.

Cocktails with a touch of cinnamon

Maple Leaf Cocktail from Leite’s Culinaria

Of all the spices and flavorings, cinnamon is probably the Falliest (that’s a word I made up that means “appropriate for Fall,” since I use the word autumnal way more than I should). Whether using a cinnamon syrup, a few dashes as an accent, or a cinnamon stick garnish, this spice can really, well, spice up any drink. Here are some new ways to add cinnamon to your drinking:

Scottish Dream ~ This one is smoky, spicy, and sweet all at once with black mission fig bitters from Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters, cinnamon simple syrup, grapefruit juice, and blended Scotch whiskey.

Maple Leaf Cocktail ~ Bourbon, cinnamon, and maple syrup … that combination just shouts out FALL.

Kakkoii ~ A very unusual combination of gin, cinnamon syrup, plum wine, and lemon makes for a fun cocktail.

Nui Nui ~ Another Tiki drink that uses an autumnal spice, this one mixes the complex flavors of cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla mixed with rum and fresh juices.

The Street Cocktail ~ Green apple and tarragon are refreshing partners for the spiciness of cinnamon in this vodka-based cocktail. It’ll surprise you.

Apple Cocktails

Sparkling Apple Cocktail from Andrea Meyers

Hurray for Fall! I’ve been saying that a lot lately, but it needs to be said because Fall is wonderful. This is the season for apples, so I’ve rounded up some great apple cocktails. Many use applejack (aka apple brandy), which is a spirit that you should try if you haven’t already. (If you’d like to try more applejack-based cocktails, check out this post.)

Addams’ Apple ~ This is a very autumnal drink indeed, with applejack, apple cider, allspice dram, and a few dashes of orange bitters. If you’ve been playing along at home with some of my DIY drinks projects, you could use homemade allspice dram and DIY orange bitters.

The Sidewalker ~ I love maple syrup in cocktails, so mixing it with applejack, lemon, and apple cider vinegar and then topping off with some wheat beer is a totally intriguing idea to me. Sounds like a good afternoon sipper.

Apple Toddy ~ Possibly the coziest drink in the world, this warm cocktail includes baked apples and your choice of applejack, Cognac, or bourbon. If you don’t have a fireplace, you should probably put one in so you can drink this in front of it.

Sparkling Apple Cocktail ~ Who can say no to a drink made with Cognac, apple, and sparkling wine? The answer is no one, that’s who. Sounds like a Thanksgiving cocktail option to me!

Portero Buck ~ It’s not just about applejack and Cognac this season. This drink combines gin, apple juice, lime, ginger beer, and basil for a unusual but totally addictive Fall cocktail.

Fall Cocktails

Autumn Spice from the Kitchn

It finally feels like Fall around these parts, so it’s time for cocktails that match the season. Here’s to sweaters, crunchy leaves, autumn colors, and drinking!

Pumpkin Old Fashioned ~ You can have this one now, or save it for after Halloween, when you have a lot of pumpkin to use up. Orange, pumpkin, maple syrup, and bourbon blend together for a new take on an old classic.

Autumn Spice ~ Apple and ginger … it doesn’t get much more autumnal than that. This cocktail calls for Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, which is fabulous. But you could also make your own ginger liqueur for the occasion.

Cognac Sparklers ~ Leave it to good old Martha Stewart to develop such a simple yet elegant recipe. Cognac topped with sparkling cider (or hard cider) with a few dashes of bitters—I’ll take one now, please.

Fig Cocktail No. 1 ~ Vodka lovers, you can’t say I don’t take care of you. This one combines figs, lemon, rosemary simple syrup with vodka for a delightful drink to sip on by the fire or as you watch the sunset. (Or really any other time. I am not the boss of you. Though, I wouldn’t recommend drinking it at breakfast.)

Jalisco Pear~ This is how Margarita aficionados drink in Fall. Tequila, allspice dram, and pear liqueur are great together, which was a surprise to me. You can use St. Elizabeth allspice dram, or make your own.

Honey Cocktails

Honey Rye from Bon Appetit

It’s crazy hot here even though I’m ready for lovely, mild autumn weather. Honey is the perfect ingredient to bridge the weather’s seasonal confusion disorder. The sweetness of  honey works well in refreshing summer drinks as well as spiced fall concoctions. So I found a few honey drinks that would be equally appropriate for sweltering heat and pleasant fall temperatures. You can even make your own honey liqueur for the occasion.

The Lazy Boy ~Bourbon, figs, ginger, and honey. What’s not to love about this cocktail?

Honey Rum Fizz ~ This drink is sort of like a honeyed Mojito with the added texture and silkiness of egg white. Fresh, sweet, foamy … and refreshing.

Honey Rye ~ The spicy kick of rye is balanced with honey liqueur and ginger ale. Add a few dashes of orange bitters and you have a drink that’s good for a heat wave or a crisp fall day.

Campari Dolce ~ We know honey goes well with sweet and spicy, but it’s also a good match for bitterness. Add honey to gin and Campari for a complex and unique cocktail.

Isartal Rose ~ Gin, Pimm’s, grapefruit, honey, and a few dashes of celery bitters make for an interesting combination that is perfect for sipping on the porch.