The temperatures are finally rising so we are bringing on the heat in this Friday’s happy hour at the Cider Table. It is going to be a busy weekend with soccer, dinner with friends, and a celebration of Mother’s Day and Katie’s birthday so we wanted a little kick to start off the weekend.
Ginger and apple are a classic combination that work very well together. I always include ginger in my apple pie spice mix. Not quite as classic as chocolate and peanut butter, but a solid pairing of flavors. The spice of the ginger and the sweetness of the apple complement each other well. Kind of like Mike and me...he is the spice to my sweet.
Anyway, back to the recipe. We are calling this one the Thrice-Spiced Cider Cocktail as it brings the spice three ways: ginger beer, spiced rum, and Blake’s El Chavo cider (made with habanero and mango). For our spiced rum, we chose a local favorite: Maggie’s Farm Spiced Rum. This spiced rum is a great balance of vanilla and citrus, just perfect to balance the heat in this cocktail. Feeling extra spicy? Add a few dashes of mole bitters, as Mike did.
Thrice-Spiced Cider Cocktail
2 ounces spiced rum (our recommendation: Maggie’s Farm*)
5 ounces Blake’s El Chavo cider
5 ounces of your favorite ginger beer (we used Trader Joe’s Brewed Ginger Beer)
Optional: a few dashes of mole bitters
Grab a fun glass, add some ice, add ingredients, and lightly stir. You will have enough for 2 cocktails when opening a can of cider and ginger beer. In fact, you should have just enough for 3. Maybe 3 is a lucky number with this drink!
Cheers! Hope our spicy cider cocktail helps kick-up your happy hour. Let us know how you like it or if you make any modifications we should try.
*If you find yourself in Pittsburgh, you must find your way to Maggie’s Farm. They make amazing, award-winning rum and their cocktails are fab. You will feel like you are going into a backroom poker game when first approaching the establishment but trust me, nothing but delicious cocktails await. They are getting out in the world so if you are not finding yourself in the ‘burgh but want to try it, you may be able to find a bottle of rum somewhere else or order online.