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3 Hard apple cider cocktails to delight you this season

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Spruce up cocktail hour with these spiked (and delicious!) hard apple cider drinks

As sad as I am to see summer go, I'm more than thrilled to welcome in my favorite season. And I'm doing it the best way I know how, with three fantastic and delicious hard cider cocktails. Is there really a better way to celebrate any occasion than with some booze?

These amazing cocktails are made with our favorite hard apple ciders and a few other amazing ingredients, making them the perfect drinks for any fall celebration.

1. Fall sangria with bourbon recipe

Spruce up cocktail hour with these spiked (and delicious!) hard apple cider drinks

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups sliced and quartered Granny Smith apples
  • 1-1/2 pears, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced figs
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1-1/2 cups ginger ale
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Jim Beam honey or maple whiskey
  • 2 (22 ounce) bottles chilled hard cider (we used Redd's)

Directions:

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the apples, pears, figs and blueberries. Pour in the ginger ale, apple juice, whiskey and lemon juice. Carefully stir to combine.
  2. Right before serving, pour in the hard cider, and serve.

2. Hard cider whiskey cocktail recipe

Spruce up cocktail hour with these spiked (and delicious!) hard apple cider drinks

Slightly adapted from Food Network

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces apple liqueur or brandy
  • 3 ounces whiskey or bourbon
  • 5 ounces lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup or grenadine
  • 1 bottle hard apple cider
  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish
  • Sliced apples, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Fill a few large drink shakers halfway with ice, and pour in the apple brandy, whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake to combine.
  2. Fill jars or highball glasses halfway with ice. Strain the mixture into the jars or highball glasses, filling about 2/3 of the way full. Top with the hard apple cider.
  3. Garnish each jar or glass with sliced apples and cinnamon sticks.

3. Crock-Pot mulled spiced cider recipe

Spruce up cocktail hour with these spiked (and delicious!) hard apple cider drinks

Serves 8-10

Ingredients: 

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1-1/2 cups hard apple cider (we used Angry Orchard)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Jim Beam honey whiskey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 3 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 dashes nutmeg
  • 1 apple thinly sliced

Directions: 

  1. Pour the cider, 1 cup of hard apple cider and the whiskey into the basin of a Crock-Pot. In cheesecloth or a coffee filter, place the allspice, cloves and nutmeg. Tightly tie up the spices with bakers twine, and place it into the Crock-Pot (ensure it's tied tight so the spices don't leak out).
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks, and whisk in the brown sugar. Cover, and heat on low for about 2 to 3 hours.
  3. Pour the mixture into glasses. When serving, add splashes of the remaining hard apple cider to the top, and garnish each glass with sliced apple.

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