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Oct 17, 2007 11:40 AM

Apple cider cocktail?

I am having a cocktail party tomorrow and want to make a cocktail using fresh apple cider. Any recipes you've enjoyed?

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  1. I recently found that cider (unpasteurized, of course) and Maker's Mark is wonderful together. Not sure of the proportions, maybe 1 part bourbon to 2 parts cider? Experiment to get it right.

    1. Apple cider and Captain Morgan is a solid drink.

      1. This drink (which I'd call a highball rather than a cocktail) is one of my favorite things about autumn in New England! As previously noted, it's worth a trip to an orchard or farmer's market for unpasteurized cider, the flavor of which is vastly superior to the pasteurized cider sold in supermarkets.

        My recipe is about 1.5 oz of distilled spirit to about 5 oz of cider, stirred over ice in a double rocks glass. My preferred liquor for this is bourbon (Maker's Mark is beautifully smooth and sweet), but I also like amber rum (Appleton Special Jamaica Rum is delicious with cider), blended whiskeys (a Canadian like VO works well), and an inexpensive brandy from California (E&J or Christian Bros) or Portugual (1920 brand):a fancy Cognac would be a waste.

        For something with a little more character, it occurs to me that applejack, an American brandy distilled from hard cider, would also be a good choice. Laird's is a good bottling that's fairly easy to find. (I mainly keep it around to make Jack Rose cocktails.) Calvados, another apple brandy from France, might be interesting, too; they're both kind of rough spirits.

        At the Cambridge, MA bar/restaurant Green Street, they serve a version of bourbon and cider called the Stone Fence: Old Fitzgerald 1849 bourbon, sweet cider (probably pasteurized), and Angostura bitters over ice with a lemon wheel for garnish. Very nice.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I've made gallons of a Laird's-and-cider concoction, but I've come to the conclusion that it is just too apple-y. I prefer bourbon or spiced rum now.

          It is definitely worth trying, though. Like Slim sez, if you don't like that, you can always keep the bottle around for Jack Roses.

          1. re: Alcachofa

            Thanks, all- I just returned from the liquor store with Appleton Special, Laird's, and a bunch of other things. I also have an unopened bottle of Woodford and a bunch of spiced rum in my cabinet that I may experiment with, too. I'm going to have a fun afternoon here in my kitchen. I should have you fellow Boston hounds over to critique my concoctions (note the plethora of Beantowners on the spirits board?)! Will let you know what the winners are... Thanks for your help!

            1. re: hsquare2southend

              hsquare: what did you go with??? I'm dying to know for my own fall-themed party this weekend!

              1. re: litchick

                Too funny. After all that, everyone wanted wine and beer! Now I have tons of stuff left over and plan to host a repeat soon! The only one I got to experiment with was the spiced rum and cider (I have a ridiculous amount of spiced rum I am trying to use up) and another version with the Laird's, which was even tastier. Next time I'll try the bitters and mix up the rum base / bourbon.

          2. re: MC Slim JB

            I was inspired by this thread to offer cider cocktails at a party we hosted last night, and they were a runaway hit. No one wanted wine or beer, which was very surprising considering the crowd. I used MC Slim JB's basic method and recipe, with perhaps slightly more liquor (but not by much), and added about 5 dashes of bitters (as per skokefoe's recipe below). Folks had a choice between dark rum, bourbon, or gin as the base liquor, and all three went over like gangbusters. Next time I'd love to try adding a float of hard cider!

          3. I picked up some cider for a recipe last week and looked into finding some tasty cocktails. I was really surprised how good this one is (even with the pasteurized cider I used):

            Devonia Cocktail
            • 1 1/2 oz gin
            • 3 oz apple cider
            • 4 dashes orange bitters
            Shake with ice and strain.

            1. Cider mixes very nicely with rum, and bit of hard apple cider on top gives it a fine sparkle, too.
              Cider also mixes well with Pear Williams, the pear brandy.