Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Apple Cidercar

Cheers!  We've made it to Wednesday  How about a little cocktail to celebrate?

Lots of people love sidecars for the boozy, slightly sweet punch they pack.  I love apple cider.  Thankfully, this drink combines the two into a perfectly balanced beverage.  Sweet apple cider, tangy lemon juice, and the warmth of brandy--what's not to love?  

I think this would actually be a perfect cocktail to welcome guests over for a fall party or even Thanksgiving dinner.  To me, it's a great "one drink" beverage just right for sipping and socializing.  These apple cidercars are also great from a hostess perspective because you can make up the entire pitcher and store, tightly covered, for a few hours.  This means the entire pitcher can be made the morning of your gathering and put out just as guests arrive.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, Bon Appetit always has a truly gorgeous Thanksgiving edition.  Don't forget to enter for a chance to win not just the Thanksgiving issue, but an entire year's worth of delicious magazines by leaving a comment here and on every post Monday through Thursday.

apple cidercar
 Apple Cidercar
adapted from Williams-Sonoma

12 fl. oz. fresh-pressed apple cider 
5 fl. oz. brandy
5 fl. oz. Cointreau or triple sec
2 fl. oz. fresh lemon juice

1.  Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Pour into sugar-rimmed cocktail glasses.  (I'd actually like to try this with a mixture of vanilla sugar and a touch of cinnamon.)  Serves 4.


That Girl said...

Posts like these make me so happy I can drink again.

Becki's Whole Life said...

This sounds so yummy and a perfect "one drink" fall cocktail! I love when a drink warms your tummy like brandy does....yum...I actually have some cider in my fridge...I wonder how this would taste warmed?

Suzy Q said...

I've always been a fan of an appletini...which probably has no semblance of apple in it, but who cares?

Thanks for a great giveaway!

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Natalie said...

My husband has been on a huge side car kick, I'll have to tell him about these! Plus I love that you can make a big batch at once!

Taryn said...

YUM! I'm not typically a fan of brandy, but I had a cocktail with it this past weekend and it was amazing, so I'd love to give this a go as well!

Katie said...

Great giveaway, and this drink is perfect for the weekend!

All Things Yummy said...

Looks like a delicious cocktail.

Ashley's Cooking Adventures said...

I've never tried a Side Car, they sound very fall-ish and delicious!

Paige said...

Love your pretty gold-rimmed glass!

Lynsey said...

This drink looks delicious! I love apple cider and I've been searching for the perfect cocktail that utilizes cider and this is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

lindsay said...

Yum! Apples and alcohol. Perfect combo!

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Christin said...

I'm always game for trying a new cocktail!