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November 18th is National Apple Cider Day

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…..November 18th is National Apple Cider Day. I don’t know exactly when it became an official Holiday but I don’t question anything that gives me the opportunity to drink more. The Fall is a perfect time to make a nice warm cup of cider and enjoy as the snow hits, leaves fall, and the temperature drops. If you’re lucky enough to be in a city where fall doesn’t really exist, like sunny Orlando where I’m at, then there’s nothing wrong with some chilled cider either. Below are a few of my favorite “spiked” cider recipes. I usually make these in bulk for parties so if you’re looking for individual portions just scale them down. Enjoy

 

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Spiked Cider Cocktail: Makes 4-6 Servings

1/4 Gallons off Your Favorite Cider
1/2 Cup of Don Q Dark Rum
1/2 Cup Goldschlager
1/2 Lemon (Juiced)

Can be served warm or cold. Cider can be warmed in a pot before adding to the other ingredients, otherwise combine all ingredients in a pitcher and serve over ice.

Caramel Apple Cocktail: Makes 5-10 Servings

1 Gallon Apple Cider
2 Cups Carmal Sauce
1/2 Tbs Vanilla Extract
Apple Brandy

In a pot, combine cider, caramel, vanilla, and heat to a medium while stirring. So that you may offer an alcoholic or non alcoholic version, I like to add the brandy afterwards. You can serve as is, and then add Brandy to taste or in each individual serving.

 

Don’t worry, even though today is National Apple Cider Day, you can celebrate all November and December. If one of these didn’t hook you, be sure to check out our 7 Warm Drinks for 7 Cold nights feature. And with Thanksgiving just a week away, Thanksgiving Cider Cocktails recipes. Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook. Class dismissed.

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Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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