Cocktails to Make on National Apple Cider Day

The perfect drink for the holiday season.

Nov. 18 marks the annual celebration for National Apple Cider Day. Apple cider is enjoyed by lots of people for many different reasons. For example, President John Adams drank it every day as he believed that it helped to promote good health. He may have been right, as he lived to be 90 years old!

So, how can you celebrate National Apple Cider Day? By trying your hand at some of these delicious apple cider drinks!

Let’s start with a spin on an old classic.


Apple Cider Old Fashioned

It’s very easy to make and takes no time at all. Here is what you will need:

  • ½ cup of ice
  • 2/3 cup of apple cider
  • 2 oz of whiskey
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Apple slices and cinnamon sticks for garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a glass and stir. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

That’s it! Simple yet, so delicious.

This next drink is a little more involved, takes a little bit more time to make but in the end, it is so worth it and it’s a one you’ll want to feature during the holidays.

Boozy Apple Cider

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 gallon of apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cup of whiskey (preferably Fireball)
  • 1/2 cup of Caramel
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish)
  • 8 apples
  • Lemon juice (for brushing)

In a Crock-Pot, combine the apple cider, whiskey, cinnamon sticks and caramel and cook on low until warmed through, about 2 to 3 hours.

To make the apple cups, slice off the top of each apple, use an apple corer to remove the inside of the apple until you are about 1/2″ from the bottom of the apple (Squeeze lemon juice inside the apple cups to prevent apples from browning.)

Ladle hot cider into apple cups, garnish with cinnamon sticks, serve and enjoy!

Don’t forget, you can pick up your ingredients at Whole Foods in the Village at the Parkway. They have a huge selection of apple ciders to pick from for these and many other drinks.

Happy National Apple Cider Day!

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