The Jewish New Year begins Wednesday at sundown. Want to wash down your apple cake, or other celebratory dessert with something festive? These four drinks (made with apple spirits, cider, and sometimes a touch of honey) are a delicious way to start the new year.
A splash of apple cider makes this drink appropriate for fall, and herbal, honeyed Benedictine is a natural mate.
This tall drink is a perfect bridge into fall, spiked with sturdy Laird's bonded apple brandy and bourbon that's been infused with spicy green cardamom pods. Honey and lemon add the sweet-sour balance to bring this drink together.
Pomegranates (the pom) and apples (the pomme) are the stars of this sparkling drink. Crispin Original hard cider is a perfect autumnal stand-in for bubbly and Laird's Apple Brandy lends another layer of apple flavor.
DIY Honey Liqueur
It's simple—and quick—to make your own honey liqueur, and it can be fun to doctor up your local honey with spices and citrus zest. It only needs to rest for 12 hours, so you could make some tonight to give as a sweet New Year's present. Mix it with cider, rye, and a little fresh lemon.