Mix Up Your Cider
Give happy hour a seasonal twist.
Apple Cider Float
Fill a small glass two-thirds full with apple cider. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, then sprinkle with apple pie spice.
Combine 3 cups apple cider, 1 cup pomegranate juice and the juice of 2 limes. Pour into ice-filled glasses and top with seltzer. Garnish with lime wedges.
Jalapeno Cider Shandy
Combine 3/4 cup cold lager and 3/4 cup apple cider in a glass. Stir in 1 teaspoon jalapeno hot sauce; garnish with a lime wedge.
Blend 3/4 cup each apple cider and unsweetened coconut milk, 1 sliced banana and 1 cup each frozen strawberries, frozen mango and ice until smooth.
Freeze apple cider in an ice cube tray. Simmer 4 more cups cider and 2 cups raspberries in a saucepan until the raspberries break down, 7 minutes; strain and chill. Serve over the cider ice cubes; garnish with raspberries.
Cider Ginger Beer
Combine 2 cups apple cider, 1/4 cup each finely grated ginger and light brown sugar, the zest of 1 lemon (in wide strips) and a pinch of allspice in a saucepan. Simmer 5 minutes; let cool, then strain. Pour into ice-filled glasses; top with seltzer and garnish with lemon zest and mint.
Cider Fruit Punch
Combine 2 cups apple cider and 1 cup each pineapple juice, orange juice and cherry juice. Garnish with fruit.
Cider Hot Chocolate
Simmer 2 cups apple cider with 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon each ground cardamom, cloves and nutmeg, 5 minutes. Whisk in 3/4 cup heavy cream, then 2 ounces chopped white chocolate until melted. Pour into mugs; sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon.