Sparkling Ciders

Katherine thought I was raking leaves

The last time we posted a cold cider drink, we got requests for a hot one. We’ll bring you a warm mug of cider in time for Thanksgiving, we swear. But the highs over the last week were in the 80s here and we’re not ready to break out the hot toddies and mulled drinks just yet. These have all the flavors of fall and won’t make us break a sweat.

A note: We used all-natural unfiltered apple juice for both recipes, because the ciders available didn’t look as good. The juice we bought had a nice, thick consistency. Remember to shake well or, if you must, strain to remove the pulp.

Fall Mimosas

  • 2 cups apple cider or all-natural juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch cloves
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine

In a two-quart saucepan combine all ingredients except wine. Stir over medium heat, until honey is dissolved. Don’t bring to a boil and warm just enough to let the honey blend. Remove from heat and let cool. This will let the cinnamon flavor penetrate more. Once cool, divide the mix between four to six champagne flutes. Top with bubbly and garnish with apple slices.

Brrr it’s cold in here, said the pitcher

Apple Punch

  • 4 cups apple cider or all-natural juice
  • 1 cup brandy or cognac
  • 1 ounce Amaretto
  • 1 ounce spiced rum
  • juice from half a lime
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch or two of fresh grated nutmeg
  • tonic water (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Divide between four to six glasses. Cut with a few ounces of tonic water per glass if the mix is a bit strong for your tastes. The ratios may not sound strong, but they build on you.

For those of you who can’t wait until next week, here’s something to keep you warm:

Hot Cider with a honey of a kick

I wonder what season it is

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20 Responses to Sparkling Ciders

  1. TasteFood says:

    I love ciders that sparkle.

  2. A_Boleyn says:

    I like hard cider like Magners Irish Cider but have never had home made sparkling ones cold or hot. Sounds like it would be pretty tasty.

  3. Big Man is a huge cider fan, but I think even I could be tempted by this – am easily led astray!

  4. Eva Taylor says:

    Perfect for the weather we’ve been having. Love a warm cider!

  5. Lover of the Cider – thanks for sharing!

  6. Young Wifey says:

    We make a similar hot cider. I love the idea of a fall mimosa! Although this week, I’m ready for spiced wines!

  7. ChgoJohn says:

    I’m sure the Fall Mimosas are great but I’d gravitate more towards the hot cider. Our weather is heading into hot cider territory and this one sounds perfect.

  8. Love the first photo. Great foliage.

  9. Lauren says:

    Love this! Since it has been in the 80s here, too, I’m trying this soon!

  10. Mad Dog says:

    Real cider is having a big come back in Britain – not the unpleasant English and Irish fizzy stuff in bottles (though the Normans do make some amazing sparkling cider). There’s a very popular bar near me that only sells cider or real ale and they let you try before you buy.
    Apparently the sloes from making sloe gin can be added to cider afterwards to make a lethal drink – which could perhaps be the equivalent of sloe snake bite πŸ˜‰

  11. Kristy says:

    I love this idea! I’m making these for Thanksgiving!!!!

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