Apple Cider Cocktail Lab (Part 2)

Cider Spiced Rum

Spiced Rum and Apple Cider

I’ve come across many recipes for apple cider rum punch but for our test, I’ll tweak the proportions to make one cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 3 oz. Apple Cider
  • Splash of Butterscotch Schnapps (optional)

Shake the rum and cider over ice, strain and pour into glass. Taste and top with Butterscotch Schnapps, if desired.

Before adding the Schnapps, the rum and cider are a spicy blend that taste like cinnamon toast. I made a few small test batches with different rums and none of them recreate the cinnamon toast flavor as well as the Captain. Adding the Schnapps changes the aroma to butterscotch, and bumps up the sweetness reminding me of a candy apple.

Ginger Pomegranate Cider

Cider with Pomegranate Juice and Ginger Liqueur

Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur isn’t one of those bottles that’s typically found in the home bar. The attractive packaging and the fact that we like ginger prompted us to purchase it. Upon tasting it, we weren’t quite sure what to do with it. The ginger and alcohol nose comes across as slightly medicinal. The sweet ginger flavor is not subtle. So when I found a cocktail recipe using Domaine de Canton, I was eager to try it.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 oz. Domaine de Canton
  • 1 oz. Brandy
  • 2 oz. Apple Cider

Shake all ingredients over ice, strain and pour.

If using real pomegranate juice instead of a mixer, you may need to add some simple syrup depending on the level of sweetness you prefer. For brandy, we’re using E&J VSOP which we have found to be decent tasting for mixed drinks as well as budget-friendly. The ginger liqueur dominates but the pomegranate juice punches through about mid-palate. This cocktail turns out to be my husband’s favorite from Apple Cider Lab.

Pumpkin Cider

Pumpkin Cider

What says autumn better than pumpkin and apples?  This cocktail has all the rich creamy goodness of eggnog with the flavor of pumpkin pie. My favorite!

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Pumpkin Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Apple Cider
  • Splash of Lemon Juice (optional)

Assemble in a glass with ice and stir.

I’m game for chilling most non-carbonated mixed drinks over ice but in this case it was a bad idea. The mixture “stuck” to the ice cubes and wouldn’t pour out so I don’t recommend it. If you chill the pumpkin liqueur and apple cider ahead of time, you can skip the ice to better enjoy the creamy texture. The splash of lemon juice adds a little brightness to the flavor but it’s not essential for this delicious creation.

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