Summer Cider Cocktails

We like to make the most of what’s left of summer, and so help to squeeze some last drops of sunshine into our glass, we’ve come up with a list of our favourite Summer Cider Cocktails.

Hopefully you’ve got some bottles of cider left over from your latest Port 66 batch that you can use in one of the following. They all use Apple Cider, but feel free to experiment with any of our other varieties too.

Apple Cider MargaritaApple Cider Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 170ml Port 66 Apple Cider
  • 80ml Tequila
  • 30ml Ginger Syrup
  • 30ml Orange Liqueur
  • Apple slice
  • Ice

Method

Create the ginger syrup first – just mix ½ cup of water, ½ cup sugar and a thumb size of grated or finely chopped fresh ginger into a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and then take off the heat to cool. Strain, and discard the ginger.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the cider, tequila, orange liqueur and ginger syrup and shake until chilled. Strain into a glass and add a slice of apple to garnish and ice as required.

Tasting Notes

If you like them sharp & strong, this one’s for you. Take it easy on the tequila…I scaled it down from the original recipe as it was a little overpowering for me. The orange liqueur adds a rich bitterness that pairs well with the sweet ginger syrup and balances the strength of the tequila.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Cider Rum Punch

Cider Rum Punch Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 115ml Dark Rum
  • 40ml Lemon Juice
  • 55ml Thyme Syrup
  • 170ml Port 66 Apple Cider
  • 55ml Water
  • 55ml Soda Water
  • 4 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • Thyme Sprigs
  • Apple Slices
  • Ice

Method

Create the thyme syrup first – mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan and add 3 sprigs of thyme. Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer for approx. 5 minutes, ensuring all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool whilst you make the rest of the cocktail.

Measure out the rest of the liquid ingredients and add to a large glass over crushed ice and stir. Garnish with a sprig of thyme inside and an apple slice.

Tasting Notes

There’s loads going on here, all of the key flavours are really well pronounced – the warmth of the rum, sweetness of the syrup and the sharp acidity of the lemon. The mix of flavours is great – really well balanced, complex and unusual, but it works! It takes a bit more time to make than the other 2, but this is my personal favourite.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Bourbon Apple Cider

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 110ml Port 66 Apple Cider
  • 55ml Bourbon
  • 2tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1tbsp Sugar
  • Orange Wedge
  • Rosemary Sprig
  • Ice

Method

Run an orange wedge around the rim of your glass, then press the rim into a mixture of the cinnamon & sugar. Fill the glass with crushed ice.

Add ice, cider and bourbon into a cocktail shaker, mix thoroughly and pour through a strainer into your glass.

Finish by garnishing the glass with the orange wedge and a rosemary sprig.

Tasting Notes

The warmth of the bourbon in this one will certainly help you transition into the cooler autumn nights. It’s the simplest of the 3 cocktails, both to make and the flavours involved, but the sweetness of the cider complements the heat from the cinnamon & bourbon very nicely. It packs a hearty ABV, but is surprisingly easy drinking with the sugar and cinnamon helping take the edge off. Squeeze the orange wedge in half way through for an extra tang.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Have you tried any of these? Or do you have any of your own cider cocktail recipes you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.

Also for some beer inspired cocktail recipes, check out our blog post from last summer – Super Simple Beer Cocktails.

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