Each year come October and November, I purchase apple cider with reckless abandon and a multitude of plans for it. Inevitably, I use a small amount in a baking project. The kids drink a small amount. And the bottles hang out in my garage fridge, seeming to judge me every time I open the door and grab other things, as quickly as possible to avoid their gaze. The cycle continues and the bottles multiply. Finally, along comes a remedy in the form of this spicy and sweet cocktail that can make at least a small dent in my stash.
There is more to love about this cocktail than its effect on your cider stockpile. The ginger syrup is such a game changer. The spicy kick it adds to this concoction is the perfect thing to offset the natural sweetness of the cider, and I’m already envisioning many other delicious uses for it. It also keeps incredibly well, which I know from experience. I actually made this bottle last fall but just got around to using it now (insert face-palm emoji). In the recipe below I gave you versions to make a single cocktail or a pitcher for a crowd so you don’t have to do the math. Cheers, friends!