Now that the leaves are turning gold, orange and scarlet and a classic autumn chill is in the air, it's time to say goodbye to summer's white wine and hello to the ciders of fall. Following are five delicious ways for residents of our apartments in Houston to enjoy a glass or two of fall during the cocktail hour or brunch.
Hot Buttered Cider
To make this twist on hot buttered rum, a cold-season cocktail classic, use your favorite hot buttered rum recipe and replace the water with the cider of your choice. Apple cider is good, but don't rule out blackberry, pear or plum ciders.
Apple Cider Sangria
This is a great option for those golden autumn afternoons when temperatures are just right for relaxing on the patio. Place chopped apples and sliced oranges in an empty pitcher along with a spoonful or two of pomegranate seeds and some ice before adding equal parts of apple cider and medium-bodied red wine. Spice with cinnamon, and if desired, stir in some apple vodka for an added kick.
Maple Bourbon Cider
Maple syrup is currently enjoying its status as a trendy cocktail ingredient, and we're hoping it'll go on to become a mixology classic. Making maple bourbon cider is as easy as reading its name—just fill a short glass with ice, add bourbon and your choice of cider, and finish it off with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Replacing the orange juice in a traditional mimosa recipe with your favorite cider brings the flavors of fall to this brunch classic. Try blackberry cider with sparkling blush wine for a luscious flavor experience that pairs perfectly with autumn's more robust foods—and serve it for brunch with pumpkin-spice French toast.
Spiced Cranberry Cider
This one works as both a cold cocktail poured over ice or a toasty warm beverage served in a mug. Either way, you can easily throw it together by mixing spiced rum, cranberry juice and apple cider—perfect when the occasion calls for a last-minute libation.
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