Perfect for an autumnal day, the classic cider cocktail has been around for centuries, from the classic old-fashioned to the traditional screwdriver. And because apple cider pairs well with just about any alcohol, it's a versatile ingredient in many cocktail recipes.
You can also serve it hot or cold, which might be why there are so many cider variations out there! These 5 spins on the classic cider cocktail will put a smile on your face even if you're not drinking them right now.
1. Poison Apple Cocktail
If you’re looking for a festive drink that’ll impress your friends and leave them feeling a bit tipsy, this poison apple cocktail should be your go-to. The glittery gold drink is almost too pretty to sip, but don’t worry. It’s not actually poisonous, so it’s just as safe for Snow White as it is for you!
2. Fig Bourbon Cider Smash
The fig bourbon cider smash is the perfect transitional cocktail to take you from summer to fall. However, it’s equally delicious on cold winter nights when all you want to do is chill with a cocktail and warm up from the inside out. Plus, it’s super easy to make!
3. Apple Cider Margarita
While most people wouldn’t think to mix tequila with apple cider, the two complement each other perfectly in this festive cocktail. Smooth and gorgeous, the apple cider margarita was made for easy sippin’ and get-togethers. It’s light and tasty, so you can easily treat yourself to more than one.
4. Fall Harvest Bloody Mary
While not technically an apple cider cocktail, the classic bloody mary does contain apple cider vinegar. Step things up a notch by using real cider instead. It’ll thin out the tomato juice, making the drink more sippable. Plus, it’ll make it more fruit-forward and slightly sweeter than your stereotypical bloody mary.
5. Slow Cooker Spiked Mulled Cider
Mulled apple cider is a cold-weather favorite, and this extra boozy rendition is extra delicious. With fragrant spices, fresh cider, and three different spirits, this cocktail is as tasty as they come and sure to warm you up in a jiffy.
Enjoy a few mugs to soothe your throat and tummy well into the evening. This drink makes the perfect accompaniment, whether you’re watching TV or reading a book.