Are you hosting socially-distanced, Covid-safe gatherings this fall? Are you having a small group for a casual Thanksgiving dinner? Or are you just simply looking for a tasty, fall-inspired adult beverage that you can whip up and keep in the fridge all week long to sip after a long day? If you answered YES to any of these, then this Spiked Apple Cider is for you! Drop me a comment if you make it and let me know what you think.
PSA! This cocktail tastes better the longer it sits in the fridge! Make a batch of it ahead of time and refrigerate for at least a few hours or up to a day or two before. Settling and separation of the apple cider is normal, so give it a good stir before serving and you’ll be good to go!
Before serving, chop half of a large apple into small cubes (you can leave the skin on for color and texture). In a small bowl, toss the apple with 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon and 1 tsp. sugar. Add a spoonful or two to the bottom of each glass before you pour in the cider. Add a slice of apple to the side of the glass for garnish, if desired. You can also dip the rim of the glass in cinnamon-sugar. Wet the rim of the glass with the cider first, then dip in a plate of cinnamon-sugar.
Spiked Apple Cider
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 bottle white wine, such as sauvignon blanc or pinot Grigio
- 1/3 cup apple brandy, such as Calvados
- Diced apples
- Cinnamon sugar
- Juice of a lemon
- Cold club soda
- Step 1 Combine cider, wine and brandy in a glass pitcher. It’s best to do this a few hours before or up to the night before. Gently stir. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Step 2 In a separate bowl, combine diced apples, cinnamon sugar and lemon juice. Stir to coat the apples.
- Step 3 When ready to serve, place a small amount of the cinnamon sugar apples in the bottom of each glass. Pour in the cider mixture. Top off each glass with cold club soda.
- Step 4 Garnish with an apple slice, if desired!