Best 4 Apple Cider Cocktails

Whether you pick up a gallon at the orchard to accompany warm doughnuts or you simply buy a bottle while shopping at the grocery store, you'll likely find yourself with apple cider on your hands this season. And when that happens, it's time to mix up a cocktail. When thinking about mix-ins, stick with flavors that will complement the sweet, crisp taste of cider — warm cinnamon, simple fruit juices and sparkling wine are good places to start. Read on below for more ideas, and find Food Network's top-four apple cider cocktails from Giada De Laurentiis, Alex Guarnaschelli and more chefs.

4.  Sparkling Apple Cider Punch — The beauty of Nancy Fuller's crimson-colored cocktail is that once you prepare one batch of this sparkling cider-cranberry punch, guests can help themselves to it, so you don't have to prepare cocktails all night long.

3.  Spiked Apple Cider Cocktails — For a fresh finish, garnish this rum-laced cocktail with a skewer of apple chunks.

2.  Apple Cider Shandy — It takes only two ingredients and two minutes to make Giada's fuss-free cocktail. She recommends serving the lager-based drink in chilled glasses for an extra-refreshing sip.

1.  Mulled Apple Cider Cocktail — After simmering cider with cinnamon sticks, Alex cools the fragrant mixture and combines it with lemon juice, sugar and a crisp apple to round out the flavors before stirring in sparkling wine. Click the play button on the video below to watch her make this fall-focused cocktail (pictured above).

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