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If You’ve Had Your Fill Of Holiday Wine, Try This Warming Cider Cocktail Instead

The perfect cold-weather alternative.

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The Grand Cider cocktail consists of 1 part Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, 1/4 part lemon juice, 3 parts apple cider, and 1 dash aromatic bitters. Warm all ingredients inside a kettle or a sauce pan. Serve in a 6 ounce Irish coffee glass. Add a bar spoon of butter on top and garnish with a cinnamon stick.Courtesy of Grand Marnier
The Cider Sling by Marissa Mazzotta, bar manager at The Shanty, requires 1/4 ounce allspice dram, 1/4 ounce cinnamon, 3/4 ounce lemon, 1 1/2 ounces Applejack Barrel Finished Ragtime Rye, and 2 ounces apple cider juice. Roll ingredients and serve in a wine glass. Top with seltzer and Angostura bitters.Courtesy of The Shanty
Make the Posada Ponche by combining 1/2 ounce blood orange puree, 1 package of apple cider, and 5 ounces of hot water in a mug and mix well. Add 1 ounce Tequila Cazadores Añejo and 2 star anise. Garnish with an orange peel.Courtesy of Tequila Cazadores
To make NOLET’S Silver Apple Crisp Punch, mix 26 ounces NOLET’S Silver Gin, 13 ounces apple cider, and 6 1/2 ounces each of lime juice and honey in a punch bowl and stir thoroughly. Slice 2 limes into wheels and add to mixture. Serve over ice, garnished with lime, apple slices, cinnamon sticks, and/or thyme.Courtesy of NOLET’S
For the Bourbon Cider at Gospel Coffee & Boozy Treats cafe at Kimpton Hotel Fontenot, mix together 3 ounces unfiltered cider, 1 1/2 ounces bourbon, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, 1 ounce simple syrup, 1/4 ounce cinnamon syrup, 5 drops 20% salt tincture, 2 dashes Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters, and 1 ounce water. Serve hot or cold.Courtesy of Gospel Coffee & Boozy Treats
The Winter Bourbon Punch recipe from Laws Whiskey House is easy: Combine 1/2 bottle Laws San Luis Valley Rye Whiskey, 1/4 gallon apple cider, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup sage simple syrup, and 2 bottles spicy ginger beer in a punch bowl. Serve and enjoy!Courtesy of Laws Whiskey House
If you need something even simpler, try this Johnny Appleseed cocktail. Just add 2 ounces Templeton Rye Maple Cask Finish, 1/2 ounce apple cider, and 1/2 ounce cinnamon syrup to a mixing glass. Stir and strain into glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.Courtesy of Templeton Rye
Create the Bonita Applebum cocktail by first rimming your glass with cinnamon. Combine 1 ounce YoCo Vodka, 4 ounces apple cider, and 3 ounces Prosecco. Garnish with dried apple and gold flakes.Photo by Madelynne Boykin of @BitesandBevsMedia
This Spiced Cider recipe calls for 2 ounces Upstate Vodka, 1 ounce lemon juice, 1 ounce chai tea syrup, and 2 ounces apple cider. Combine all ingredients in a Boston shaker. Add ice; shake until well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.Courtesy of Upstate Vodka
For the llegal Hot Cider, add 1 gallon apple cider, 1 orange cut into slices, 3 cinnamon sticks, 4 star anise, 1 tablespoon each of whole cloves and whole allspice, and 1 inch sliced ginger root to a pot. Turn heat on low until warmed through, about 30 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups Ilegal Mezcal Reposado and serve.Courtesy of Ilegal Mezcal

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