Fresh sweet apple cider and brandy come together for the perfect fall cocktail – a must have this season for any apple lover!
Sometimes I think apples are the red headed step child of fall. Pumpkin gets all the glory – everyone loooves pumpkin spice everything. But apples get little of the Fall hype. What I’m trying to figure out is WHY?
Apples have always been a favorite of mine. If you asked me when I was in 1st grade what my favorite food was, I probably would have told you it’s apples. I loved them as a kid – and still do as an adult. I feel like apple is always a trusty flavor to choose – you can’t go wrong with an apple pie (or any apple filled pastry).
But apple cider is something I discovered I loved as an adult. It’s like apple juice on steroids with a stronger more aggressive apple flavor. Usually when Fall rolls around I make a big batch of my favorite Mulled Cider. That stuff is soo good – and makes the house smell great!
This year I switched it up and made an adult beverage with my beloved cider. I went out and picked up a bottle of apple brandy to mix into this lovely little drink. Now I know apple brandy sounds like a specialty liquor that you don’t need, but I promise once you taste it you’ll want to put it in all sorts of things (like that mulled cider for one).
On this episode of Drink & Dish (You can subscribe to our channel here!) we make some tasty fall inspired goodies. While I mix up this Apple Cider Cocktail, Ari makes Brussels Sprouts with Apple, Bacon & Dates. The crunchy apples were my favorite part in that dish (shocking, right?) – and I also burn the crap out of my mouth while trying to eat food right from the stove haha.
I used both apple brandy and regular brandy for this cocktail. I think it would be equally delicious if you used all apple brandy here instead. I would recommend against just using regular brandy since it have that lingering apple warmth from the apple brandy, so keep that in mind if you decide to go that route.
One quick note about the garnish – I used my mandolin slicer to get the thin disks of apples for on the glasses – you can certainly use a knife too. Then I rubbed the slices with a little lemon juice to keep them from browning.
- ½ cup apple cider
- 3 oz brandy
- 3 oz apple brandy
- ¼ cup ginger ale
- Apple slices to garnish (optional)
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in apple cider, brandy and apple brandy. Shake until well chilled and strain into two ice filled glasses. Top each glass with ginger ale to fill. Stir gently to combine. If desired, garnish with an apple slice.