As the temperature continues to drop, and the leaves start changing color, we start craving all of the fall essentials: big comfy sweaters, leather boots, slouchy scarves, pumpkin flavored everything, and of course warm apple cider. There is something about apple cider that makes you crave it as soon as the weather starts to turn. Apple picking is a great activity for a Sunday afternoon with family or friends, and most apple orchards serve fresh hot apple cider. Cider is perfect for a rainy day or to enjoy on a chilly afternoon. You can also use cider in countless drink recipes such as sangria, margaritas, and martinis. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party this fall or just want to cuddle up next to the fireplace, we have some awesome cider recipes for you to try in honor of National Hot Mulled Cider Day. These recipes were among some of our top picks that we can’t wait to try this fall:
Hot Buttered Rum and Cider via Joy The Baker
Hot buttered rum is a great drink for any chilly night. Its thick and a little bit creamy and is super delicious. Throw some apple cider into the mix and you have a perfect after dinner cocktail for this upcoming fall season. Curl up with a good movie and this drink, or serve it with dinner at your next evening get together. Everyone will love this seasonal favorite.
Apple Cider Sangria via How Sweet It Is
This original twist on a classic cocktail is the perfect drink for the fall. Apple cider sangria is sweet and refreshing and gives you all of the flavors of fall in one glass. This recipe uses ginger brandy and Pinot Grigio for a sweet and slightly spicy finish. Try sprinkling the apples with cinnamon for some extra fall flavor.
Warm Vanilla Cider via Martha Stewart
This rendition of apple cider is sweet and frothy, perfect as dessert or a nice hot drink to warm you up after a chilly day outside. This recipe for warm vanilla cider is topped with whipped cream and honey roasted walnuts for extra sweetness. Try this cider recipe with Bourbon (as recommended) or with a splash of Vanilla Stoli. You could also serve this delicious cider with a whole cinnamon stick in it for garnish. Happy Fall!
Pumpkin Spice Hot Apple Cider via Sprinkled With Flour
This recipe screams fall to me. Pumpkin apple cider is the most amazing drink you could ever order. The pumpkin and apple blend so nicely to create a warm fall party in your mouth. Cinnamon and nutmeg give this drink so much seasonal flavor and spice and the whipped cream makes this cider sweet and delicious. To make this cider thicker, the recipe calls for pumpkin puree. I could drink this every day. Yum!
Apple Cider Margaritas via Foodgio
Apple cider margaritas are great for dinner parties or cocktail events this season. This recipe uses Grand Marnier and gold tequila to give the cocktail a little kick (please enjoy responsibly). Apple and orange slices give the margaritas a sweet refreshing flavor while the cinnamon and sugar make it spicy and sweet. Be sure to garnish the glasses with cinnamon sticks for stirrers and have a blast with your cider cocktails this fall.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy apple cider this season?