From the Orchard: Our Go-To Apple Cider Cocktails

The leaves are changing, the temps are falling, and it’s time to swap that rosé for something a little stronger! Pair your weekend pumpkin patch and apple picking outings with our go-to cider cocktails for the season – with just a few ingredients each, these quick and easy recipes will warm you right up on those crisp fall nights.

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Rum Cider Slush

  • 1 1/2 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 5 oz Apple Cider
  • Lemon wheel to garnish

Because slushes should be a thing all year long – swap out those tropical Piña Coladas for something more seasonal with this rum slush + a generous splash of fresh apple cider. Pro tip: Hosting a pumpkin patch/apple picking outing? This is a great drink to scale up and make for a large group or party!

Mix all ingredients into blender. Cover with handful of ice and blend until smooth. Garnish with lemon wheel.

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Apple Cider Mule

  • 1 1/2 oz Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 oz Apple Cider
  • 2 1/2 oz Fever Tree Ginger Beer
  • Lime wheel to garnish

The Kentucky Mule meets fall. Cider adds a layer of richness and complexity to take the classic mule to the next level.

Combine all ingredients in serving glass and top with crushed ice. Garnish with lime wheel.

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Warm Whiskey Cider

  • 1 1/2 oz Leopold Bros. Apple Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 5 oz Apple Cider (warmed)

When it goes from 80 degrees to freeze advisories with no warning…you’re gonna need an easy way to turn the temps up on your drinks, too. We refuse to go full on hot toddy quite yet (wait your turn, winter) – but this warmed whiskey cider is just the thing for those fall nights.

Heat apple cider in a teapot or saucepan until warm. In your cocktail glass, combine 1 1/2 oz of Leopold Bros. Apple Whiskey and 1/2 oz simple syrup, then top with about 5 oz of warm apple cider. (Whipped cream optional.)

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