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Oct 22, 2011 04:22 AM

what cocktail to make with apple cider

I have lots of apple cider, but I can't figure out what spirit would be good with it. Ideas?

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  1. brown spirits like brandy, whiskey, and rum work well with cider.

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    1. re: JMF

      I love a nice dark rum with fresh cider. Zing it up with some cinnamon and / or nutmeg.

      1. Apologies for the thread necromancy, but I figured better to revive than reinvent the conversation.

        Bob McCoy (Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston) has a great article in the most recent Edible Boston called Heartwarming Cold-Weather Cocktails. It includes a recipe for Hot Apple Cider; this is fabulous on its own, however I've had a lot of fun using the chilled cider in cocktails. He calls for steeping the cider with cinnamon sticks, allspice, cardamom, cloves and star anise. I did this, then let it cool for a few hours outside.

        This worked in the following:

        1 oz Applejack
        1.5 oz spiced cider
        Juice of 1 lemon

        1 oz Appleton Rum
        1.5 oz spiced cider
        1 oz. fresh lime juice
        grated nutmeg

        You don't HAVE to use liquor with "apple" name; that's just where we were at that point in the evening :)

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        1. re: Area Man

          I'm glad you brought it back to life again....I've got a half gallon in my fridge that needs some help.

        2. I am assuming you mean the cloudy nonfermented stuff (not the clear bubbly ones).

          A classic dating back to Jerry Thomas served the way Green Street in Cambridge/Boston does it. Works perfectly with JMF's statement!
          Stone Fence
          2 oz Bourbon whiskey (they use Old Fitzgerald's 1849)
          2 oz Apple Cider
          2 dash Angostura Bitters
          Serve in highball with ice and lemon wedge garnish.

          A more modern Flip:
          1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
          1 oz Apple Cider (nonfermented)
          1/2 oz Benedictine
          1 dash Angostura
          1 Egg
          Shake once without ice and once with, and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with 7 drops of Allspice Dram on the egg foam and an apple wedge.

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          1. re: yarm

            Yes, unpasteurized unfermented. I will have to try the Stone Fence, since I have no Benedictine lying about.