Turns out apple cider, the unofficial beverage of autumn, is more versatile than the mulled version sipped on at the orchard. While there's something endearingly nostalgic about a cider unadorned, who can resist dressing it up a bit?
Grab a gallon from the orchard, road-side stand, or grocery store and discover a few new ways to add some spice, sparkle, and whiskey to the season's best drink.
Warm spices — like star anise, cardamom, and cinnamon — echo the inherent earthiness of apple cider in this cold-weather treat. Add a dollop of whipped cream and dash of cinnamon before sipping.
A seasonal sangria is always a good idea when you need to stir together a crowd-pleasing, crowd-sized cocktail. A splash of cognac keeps the cider and sparkling wine from becoming overly sweet.
A pinch of yeast added to a favorite apple cider encourages it to develop the tang and effervescence of sparkling cider. Feel free to throw in cinnamon and vanilla to create your own special blend.
Give traditional mulled cider a tart and rosy update with a splash of cranberry juice. The allspice, ginger, and cloves become even more pronounced in its presence.
This Bourbon-laced punch is perfect for citrus lovers, with its double-dose of lemon and orange juice. Keep a big pot simmering away during your next autumn gathering so guests can ladle up a cup themselves.
All the fall favorites — including pumpkin purée, apple cider, maple syrup, and a splash of whiskey — come together to make this Manhattan-inspired cocktail an ode to the season.