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.

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.

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.

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For a fresh finish, garnish this rum-laced cocktail with a skewer of apple chunks.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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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.

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