Why This Recipe Works
- Use unfiltered cider for the best flavor.
- Ginger liqueur and lemon juice balance the sweetness of the cider.
- A sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper adds a warm bite as you sip.
I stroll the farmers market in autumn, and can’t help but come home with bags of apples–and apple cider. Whether you are looking for warm and fruity, or a cider cocktail that riffs on a classic boulevardier, there are variations to please your palate. Buttered rum with a maple twist? Sparkling champagne cocktail?
And if you appreciate sweet apple cider but need more bite than that mellow drink provides, this warm cocktail, spiked with your favorite bourbon, offers the sharpness of ginger. To underscore that subtle burn, we've added cracked black pepper on the top of each mug.
Peppery Ginger Cider Recipe
This warm cider cocktail is spiked with bourbon, ginger liqueur, and a pinch of cracked black pepper.
8 ounces apple cider (see notes)
4 ounces bourbon
3 ounces ginger liqueur, such as Domaine de Canton
Lemon juice to taste
4 Luxardo cherries
Cracked black pepper
Bring cider and bourbon to a simmer in a small saucepan. Stir in ginger liqueur and add lemon juice to taste. Divide cherries between 2 heatproof glasses or mugs and pour in cider combination. Sprinkle with pepper and serve immediately.
For the best results, use unfiltered fresh cider from your local orchard or farmers' market (or the refrigerated case at your grocery store).
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 42g||15%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 35g|
|Vitamin C 49mg||246%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|