Sip into Spring: Cider cocktails offer bright, flavorful sips


Instead of citrus beer or a sparkling alcoholic water, cider cocktails offer a bright, flavorful sip. Who’s ready for warmer weather?

Warm weather often brings leisurely days basking in the sun. As season changes, tastes change too. Just in time for the sun and fun, cider cocktails are prefer bright, flavorful sips. Are you ready for a libation?

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Cider has grown in popularity. Even with the robust craft beer market and the rise of citrus beers, cider offers a light, crisp flavor. While cider can quite enjoyable on its own, as a cocktail ingredient, it is a delightful choice. The apple flavors add a hint of sweetness without becoming too sweet.

The key to a good cider cocktail is balance. While cider had a sweet note, the other ingredients need to balance that crisp, apple flavor. Acids from citrus offer a great counterbalance to the apple.
These two spring cider cocktails are perfect to welcome the warm weather and bright sunshine. Cheers!

Cider Cocktails, Easy at the Orchard, photo provided by Angry Orchard

Easy at the Orchard

This cider cocktail is combines acid from lemon juice and a slightly herbaceous note from the cucumber. While not a common combination, the flavors are quite refreshing. Sit back and enjoy the sun with this easy drinking cider cocktail.

"Easy at the OrchardIngredients:•4 oz Angry Orchard Easy Apple•1 oz Gin•0.5 oz Lemon Juice•0.5 oz Ginger Syrup•3 slices CucumberDirections: Muddle cucumber in a shaker and then add the rest of the ingredients except Cider and shake then fine strain into a rocks glass and top with Angry Orchard Easy Apple. Garnish with a cucumber slice."

Cider Cocktails, Easy at the Orchard, photo provided by Angry Orchard

Simple Spring Orchard

Sometimes unlikely food pairings make a delicious flavor combination. In this cider cocktail, the cider and carrot juice blends beautifully. The carrot adds a nuanced flavor that keeps the cocktail refreshing. It’s such a delightful combination that you won’t realize that you’ve drunk the whole cocktail.

"Simple Spring OrchardIngredients:•4 oz Angry Orchard Crisp Apple•1 oz Pimm’s•1 oz Lakewood Organic Carrot Juice•0.5 oz Lemon Juice•0.5 oz Simple SyrupDirections: Combine all ingredients except for cider in a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a pint glass with ice and top with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple. Garnish with a lemon wheel and mint."

Are you ready to try some cider cocktails? Just as the temperatures get warmer, the flowers start to bloom and long, lazy days are upon us, a refreshing cider cocktail is the perfect way to sip into spring.