As the hot summer makes its transition into cool fall, it’s time to forget about fixing cocktails with berries and start using everyone’s favorite fall food: apples!
Whether it is hot apple cider, chilled apple juice or just a tasty apple brandy, the flavor of the apple makes a great foundation for many mixed drinks and works well with many different types of liquor. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite cocktails to drink when the weather starts cooling down.
Apple Cider Bellini
- Bottle of Prosecco DOC
- ¼ oz Fig-infused vodka/liquor
- ¾ cup Apple cider
- Powdered cinnamon
- Granulated sugar
Pour a splash of the fig vodka into a shaker and add ¾ cup of cider to the mix. Shake to combine. Set out your champagne flutes, and pour the cider mixture about ¼ of the way into each glass. Top with Prosecco and serve. Really want to sweeten things up? Add a cinnamon-sugar rim for a festive touch.
- 1/8 Granny Smith Green Apple (Chopped)
- 4/8 oz Lemon juice
- 1 oz Agave nectar
- 2 Basil leaves
- 4 oz Prosecco DOC
Muddle all of the above ingredients and add 4 oz of Prosecco DOC. Shake and serve in a highball. If using sparkling water, stir instead of shaking it.
Green Apple Cup
- 1 ½ oz Amaro Lucano
- 1 ½ oz Green apple juice
- 1 ½ oz Ginger ale
Mix the drink directly in the glass and serve with a slice of cucumber, a slice of lemon and orange, a sprig of mint and ice.
- 2 oz Partida Anejo Tequila
- 6 oz Hot Spiced Apple Cider
- Heavy Cream
In a small warm wine glass add Tequila and hot apple cider. Float heavy cream. Garnish: Grate fresh nutmeg over cream.
Apple Cider Preparation: In a pot, pour Organic Apple Juice. Add winter spices like Cloves, Cinnamon Stick, All Spice, and Orange Peel. Start by adding a few cloves, one cinnamon stick, etc. so as to find the right apple cider flavor. You can always add more spice later. Bring everything to a low heat for about 15 minutes. Taste for flavor. When the desired flavor is reached then take off stove. Strain out all the spices and orange peel. Serve warm and enjoy!
The Maple Apple
- 1 ¼ oz Brandy
- ¼ oz Nectar P.X. Sherry Wine
- ½ oz Calvados Boulard (Apple Brandy)
- ¼ oz Maple Syrup
- ½ oz Lemon
Shake all ingredients together with ice, and strain into martini glass. Garnish with Lemon zest.