This recipe appears in:3 Hard Cider Cocktails to Make at Home
Taking a cue from the tiki tradition, this version of a Navy Grog layers crisp light rum with a full-bodied dark rum. Fresh squeezed grapefruit and lemon juice pull out the tart acidic notes of the Granny Smith Woodchuck Cider.
Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- 2 ounces dark rum
- 2 ounces light rum
- 2 ounces grapefruit juice, from 1 medium grapefruit
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice, from 1 lemon
- 1 ounce simple syrup (see note above)
- 4 ounces Woodchuck Granny Smith Cider
- Grapefruit peel (optional)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the dark rum, light rum, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds.
Divide evenly between two ice-filled highball glasses. Top each glass with two ounces cider, stir gently to combine, garnish with grapefruit peel if desired, and serve.