As promised, a delicious apple cider cocktail that is perfect for any autumn party or just for fun on a Sunday afternoon! We enjoyed these "grown-up" apple cider cocktails at our
Sunday afternoon get-together. Click here for the story: A Fall Gathering
Here are the cast of characters:
Bourbon, we use Maker's Mark
Ginger Ale, we used Vernor's
optional for fancy drinks:
Cinnamon/Sugar and one orange for rimming glasses
Honey Crisp apples for garnish
For a crowd, if you plan to use a punch bowl, beverage jar with ladle or a beverage dispenser like I did... below is the recipe for a large portion:
RECIPE FOR A CROWD:
1/2 gallon of apple cider (8 cups)
2 cups bourbon
2 cups apple schnapps
2 cinnamon sticks
Add together and let chill for 2 hours to overnight.
Just before guests arrive, add 1 two-liter of Ginger Ale (8 cups)
Add apple slices and garnishes
Rim glasses with cinnamon/sugar
Add ice to a glass and pour.
RECIPE FOR A SINGLE GLASS:
1 part apple cider (3 oz)
1 part ginger ale (3 oz)
1 shot bourbon
1 shot apple schnapps
If you care for a stronger cocktail, add additional bourbon to taste.
Pour over ice, garnish and enjoy.
For garnish, slice apples across the middle to get beautiful full circles.
To remove seeds, use a small decorative cookie cutter.
Press and remove seeds, discard star shape, to reveal apple round with a star cut-out.
For additional garnishes, use the fleshy good part of the apple and make additional star shapes.
Feeling adventurous?? Try using other shapes, like acorns, pumpkins or other seasonal cut-outs. Too cute!!
If using apples for garnish, remember to soak them in lemon water so they don't turn brown.
Get ready to rim the glasses!!
Use a cut orange or lemon. Lightly rub the mouth of the glass or rim with the citrus juice.
Gently press glass into a cinnamon-sugar mixture and then stand the glass upright.
If you have an empty cinnamon container, add sugar to it and add a teaspoon of your favorite cinnamon, shake...
and with a sharpie marker- note the new contents of the spice tin.
It's not fancy--but it works!
This way you'll always have homemade cinnamon-sugar at the ready.
Just refill the tin as needed.
Pour the Bourbon-Cinnamon Apple Cider cocktail over ice and garnish with apple slices!
How cute are those little star-shaped apples!?
Easy and delicious!!