Spike the Kiddie Table (Sparkling Cider Rum Cocktail) Recipe

Spike the Kiddie Table (Sparkling Cider Rum Cocktail) Recipe

[Photograph: © Kelly Puleio 2018, resized for publication]

This festive drink, created by bartender A. Minetta Gould of Saint Ellie in Denver, gets a double dose of apple thanks to fresh cider (from the orchard, farmers market, or refrigerator aisle) and fizzy sparkling cider, like Martinelli's. If you want to get really fancy, garnish each glass with an apple chip as well as the star anise.

Reprinted with permission from The One-Bottle Cocktail: More Than 80 Recipes With Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit by Maggie Hoffman, copyright © 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

  • Yield:Makes 1 drink (see note)
  • Active time: 2 minutes
  • Total time:2 minutes


  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) aged rum (see note)
  • 3/4 ounce (20ml) fresh apple cider
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 ounce (30ml) chilled sparkling apple cider (such as Martinelli's)
  • Star anise pod and/or an apple chip, for garnish (optional)


  1. 1.

    Combine rum, apple cider, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.

  2. 2.

    Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 12 seconds. Double-strain into a chilled Champagne flute. Top off with sparkling cider and garnish with star anise and apple chip, if desired.