Cider Cocktail: Young Buck

[Photograph: Christopher Lehault]

The Young Buck combines semi-dry sparking cider and ginger beer for a cocktail that is full of flavor but light in alcohol. You will most likely need some trial and error to find your favorite ginger beer—we're big fans of Fever Tree and Reed's Premium as well as Great Uncle Cornelius' Finest Spiced Ginger. (For more recommendations and which ones to skip, check out our ginger beer taste test.)

Cider Cocktail: Young Buck

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About This Recipe

Yield:1
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:10 minutes
Special equipment:pilsner glass

Ingredients

  • For the Hibiscus Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 ounce dried hibiscus flowers
  • For the Cocktail
  • ice
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • 6 ounces semi-dry sparkling cider
  • 1 tablespoon hibiscus simple syrup (recipe below)
  • dried hibiscus flower for garnish

Procedures

  1. 1

    To make the hibiscus simple syrup, combine the sugar, water, and hibiscus flowers in a small pan. Turn heat to medium and stir until sugar is fully dissolved and mixture has reduced slightly, five to seven minutes. Remove from heat, strain to remove hibiscus, and let cool. (Can be bottled and refrigerated up to 3 weeks.)

  2. 2

    To make the cocktail, fill a pilsner glass with ice. Add ginger beer to the glass. Slowly pour cider on top of ginger beer. There should be a nice separation between the ginger beer and the cider. Drizzle the hibiscus simple syrup on top of the cider. Garnish with a dried hibiscus flower and serve immediately.

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