Spiced Hard Cider

By Chanel Dror
spiced hard cider

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Spiced Hard Cider

“Cider has had a well-deserved comeback recently, and these days local producers are upping the cider game by making complex, refreshing versions that showcase local fruit (and are much less sweet than former “boozy apple juice” versions). As good as hard cider is drunk straight, we’ve found that it also makes for a consistently excellent cocktail ingredient. We like to punch up bottled cider by spiking it with applejack, a brandy distilled from apples, and warming spices. We build this drink in a cocktail shaker, infusing the applejack with the spices before topping it with refreshing hard cider.” — Eric Prum and Josh Williams

Spiced Hard Cider

*photography by Scott Bleicher

Spiced Hard Cider

Serves 1 cocktail

Spiced Hard Cider

By Camille Styles


  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 pinch each ground allspice, cinnamon and cloves
  • 1 1/2 ounces applejack
  • 5 ounces hard cider
  • apple slices, for garnish
  • 1 cinnamon stick, for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lemon juice, simple syrup and spices. Add the applejack and fill the shaker with ice; cap and shake for 5 seconds.
  2. Strain into a collins glass filled with ice cubes and top with the hard cider.
  3. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon stick and serve.

Comments (4)

  1. Natalie says:

    This looks gorgeous – is hard cider flat in the US? Almost all UK ciders are sparkling, so could I use a sparkling cider?

  2. Sophie Stewart says:

    This sounds delicious! Sophie x

  3. Samantha Lee says:

    I’ve always wanted to get into crafting my own cocktails – maybe this holiday season will finally be a good excuse to try some out! Saving this. 😉

  4. Elinor Hill aka Beachhutcook says:

    Perfect for the season.

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