Cocktails just got a revamp

Cocktails just got a little bit naughty. Forget fancy spirits, nouveau wines and acting a bit of a ponce.

It’s time we stuck to life’s simple pleasures…let’s get seasonal with our produce; a sophisticated take on a scrumptious tipple.

Cider is back and this time bartender’s are getting a little bit cheeky with the timeless brew.

We’ve put together a handful of our favourites. They are so quick and so easy to prep ( not to mention drink), that there’s little excuse for whipping up a batch for friends and co this weekend.

APPLE CIDER SANGRIA

With prices on the up up up! Forget sangria with the red and look no further than its apple cousin.

Apple Cider Sangria is happening and its time you tried it.

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Ingredients:

1 bottle (standard size) of pinot grigio
2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider
1 cup club soda
1/2 cup ginger brandy
3 honey crisp apples, chopped
3 pears, chopped

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together and stir, stir, stir. Refrigerate for an hour or so (or longer!) before serving.

CRANBERRY APPLE CIDER COCKTAIL 

A trio of rockstars; the cranberries and vodka in this drink make the cider a little bit classy

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INGREDIENTS

2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice, strained
1 ounce vodka
1 bottle hard cider, chilled
apple slice for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

Fill glass and cocktail shaker with ice.
Add cranberry juice, orange juice and vodka to the cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into ice filled glass.
Top off the glass with the hard cider and garnish with apple slice.
Sip and enjoy!
Chin chin darling!
MULLED CIDER 
I have to admit, this is my absolute favourite when it comes to Christmas market tipples. Wooly gloves, steaming mugs of hot apple cider and twinkling fairy lights. Nothing beats it.
OK…yes it may not be Christmas now, but its winter, its cold and we need something a little heart warming!
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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups of fresh apple cider
  • 2 cups of dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 orange or 2 tangerines (sliced)
  • 1 medium apple or 4 Lady apples (sliced 1/4 inch thick)

DIRECTIONS

Combine apple cider, dry red wine, maple syrup, peppercorns, orange or tangerines, and apple(s) in a medium pot. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Serve warm, in mugs.

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