As the days get shorter and summer tans fade, you can feel autumn’s arrival. And what better way to celebrate the fall harvest and its bright bounty than with a crisp, hard cider cocktail? Sure, hard cider is delicious and refreshing on its own, but it can also be a fun, unexpected ingredient in a wide range of cocktails.
We put a cider twist on some of our favorite cocktails, making them perfect for days full of pumpkin picking and nights spent around a bonfire.
1 Red Delicious apple
1 ½ oz. silver tequila
1/4 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. Strongbow Artisanal Blend Hard Cider
In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle a quarter of the apple. Add tequila, simple syrup and ice. Shake and strain into glass. Top with hard cider. Garnish with apple slices.
THE AUTUMN PEAR
2 oz. bourbon
4 ½ tsp. simple syrup
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
4 oz. Magners Pear Hard Cider
Combine bourbon, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker; add ice. Cover with lid and shake vigorously until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into glass. Top with pear cider and stir to blend.
2 oz. cinnamon whiskey
8 oz. Woodchuck Amber Hard Cider
Pour cinnamon whiskey into a glass, top with cider and chopped apple pieces.
DARK & CIDER-Y
4 oz. ginger beer
1/4 oz. fresh lime juice
2 oz. dark rum
2 oz. Jack’s Original Hard Cider
Combine cider, rum and lime juice in a glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge.
Fresh bing cherries
1 oz. brandy
3/4 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
5 oz. Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider
Add brandy, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into glass. Top with cider and a few cherries.