Cider Cocktails from Hot to Cold


 

Hot Cider Bourbon Cocktail Recipe with Homemade BittersHOT BOURBON CIDER WITH BITTERS

- 4 oz bourbon
- 3 ½ oz apple cider
- 2 ½ tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 4 dashes 1889 Aromatic Bitters
- 4 dashes Orange Hop Bitters

Pour the apple cider into a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer. Meanwhile, fill your serving glasses with hot water. Once the glasses are warm to the touch,  pour out the hot water and wipe dry. This will keep your glasses and, therefore, your drink warmer for a longer period of time. Pour 2 oz of bourbon into each glass. Once your cider has reached a low simmer, remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice, maple syrup and bitters. Pour the warm cider mixture over the bourbon, dividing evenly between the two glasses.

Makes two servings.

 

CIDER BOURBON COCKTAIL WITH CHERRY WALNUT BITTERS

Cider Bourbon Cocktail Recipe with Bangkok Bitters
- 2 oz bourbon 
- 2 ½ oz apple cider
- 1 ½ tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp maple syrup
- 3 dashes Cherry Walnut Bitters
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes and shake vigorously. Strain over ice cubes into a tall glass. Garnish with orange or lemon peel.


 
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With this changing fall weather, our cocktail cravings are all over the place. Freezing one day and 70-degree temperatures just two days later have us wavering between hot toddies and daiquiris. In anticipation of a cold weekend, we decided to grab a jug of apple cider and mix up a few cocktails that adapt to both hot and cold more easily than our frost-nipped cheeks.

For our hot cider cocktail, we chose a mildly sweet apple cider that blends well with the sweetness of the bourbon. The bourbon provides the dominant flavor, making this cocktail a true winter warmer with a slow burn that settles into your belly. The herbal quality and citrus notes of the bitters combine with lemon juice to lend a bright jolt to this wintry mix.

The cold cider cocktail is decidedly less boozy and served over ice. This sweetness of this summer cooler version can be further offset by upping the lemon juice or subbing in Aromatic Bitters.

For the gin drinkers who have sworn off dark liquors (ahem, we know who you are) try The Bitten Word's Gin and Apple Cider with orange bitters. This cocktail is great for a crowd.

Now, mix yourself up a nice cocktail, and stay warm (or cool)!

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