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4 Apple Cider Cocktails You Need to Make This Fall

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The onset of fall means hayrides and apple picking, trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving. And while most of these autumnal activities are meant for young’uns, we found a way to make them even better as adults: with a cocktail in hand, of course—preferably a seasonally appropriate one. So, when the leaves begin to turn fiery hues of orange and red, we look to sweet, tangy apple cider for its many boozy possibilities.

Whether you enjoy it cold or prefer a steaming mugful, cider is a surprisingly versatile base for cocktails—there’s more out there than your basic, two-ingredient whiskey-spiked tipple. From a scotch and Campari Highball to a creamy, decadent bourbon hot-tail, usher in your best fall yet with these festive apple cider cocktails.

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At first glance, this cocktail from Abigail Gullo—head bartender at New Orleans’ Compere Lapin—seems like an unlikely mix of flavors. Campari and scotch and hard cider? But take a sip, and you’ll realize the ingredients were meant for each other. “Paris Between The Wars is a blend of many different elements,” Gullo says. “Smoke, sour, bitter and crisp, refreshing tartness all come together in perfect harmony.” Whip up a big batch as the welcome drink at your next dinner party or turn it into a punch for a festive fall soirĂ©e.

The Essentials

scotch
Campari
apple cider
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There’s nothing quite as soul soothing as a piping hot mug of spiked apple cider. But Egg Shop chef Nick Korbee managed to make the fall favorite extra special with a smoked, maple-tinged bourbon, a touch of amaro and a homemade salted caramel sauce. “Fresh local apple cider is a true luxury of autumn in the Northeast,” Korbee writes in Egg Shop: The Cookbook. “Sweet and crisp with a well rounded apple flavor, good cider is only better when served piping hot with a bit of quality bourbon and sea salt caramel sauce.” Make a mugful anytime you need to melt away stress at the end of a long day.

The Essentials

apple cider
Smoked Maple Bourbon
Caramel Sauce
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Low-ABV spirits like Campari and Aperol may be perfect for summery cocktails like Aperol Spritzes and Americanos, but there’s a place for the bitter liqueurs on fall drink menus, too. "Because people often ask what complements aperitivo besides a Spritz, I created this cocktail,” says Cassandra Womack, bartender at Bidwell Restaurant in Washington D.C. “It's very universal and has a unique finish, especially because it's made with apple cider." Whether you’re crafting your own aperitivo hour or simply craving a new way to use your favorites, this cocktail is a crowd-pleaser.

The Essentials

Aperol
Lillet blanc
apple cider
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Most people aren’t born with a taste for scotch, but there are plenty of gateway bottlings to kickstart your appreciation for the smoky spirit. Scotch cocktails provide another way in, tempering the whisky’s robust nature with other, more familiar flavors. “For me, this cocktail is a proper scotch 101, which just might make a non-scotch drinker a convert—or at least think twice about the way he or she orders,” says Heather Perkins, bar manager at DiAnoia’s Eatery. "It’s a balanced mix of fresh apple and lemon juices along with briny, oaky scotch.” Rabarbaro Zucca amaro, infused with rhubarb, cardamom and bitter orange peel, gives the drink a round finish.

The Essentials

scotch
Rabarbaro Zucca
apple cider

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