Cider is the undisputed king of summer drinks, but it can be enjoyed in more ways than just from the bottle. The wide variety of West country apple ciders on our store have been carefully fermented for taste and sweetness, and are therefore the ideal ingredient for an unforgettable cocktail. The following are 5 cider cocktails to try this summer - just a handful that we think will impress and refresh the guests at any BBQ or outing.
Almost considered more liquid dessert than beverage, this cider cocktail nevertheless will be the perfect accompaniment to a chilled summer’s eve. Adding walnuts really helps deepen the flavour, and you can always complete it with whipped cream, bourbon, or both!
Recommended Cider: Blush Cider from Cornish Orchards
If you want a cider cocktail that’s rich in flavour and fizz, but a little lighter on alcohol, then the Young Buck is sure to become a staple of your summer. It mixes hibiscus syrup with a ginger beer concoction, and offers a bit more challenge for those who are willing to put in effort to get a good cocktail.
Recommended Cider: Sparkling Medium Cyder from Helford Creek Cyder Co.
Rum is the spirit equivalent of cider, in that it’s just perfect for summer drinking. The two can be combined in this excellent cider rum punch; a syrupy concoction that draws on crushed ice and a quality dark rum for its intended, quenching outcome. It’s perfect to cool down with during the afternoon, but works equally well when the days winding down.
Recommended Cider: Still Premium Classic Cider from Haye Farm Cider
The perfect antidote to a blisteringly hot summers day, this cider cocktail will bring out the best in your favourite drink with the help of tequila, ginger and more besides. To really give it that classic country feel, serve it in a set of mason jars rather than glasses, and don’t dare forget to garnish it with an apple slice!
Recommended Cider: Clodgy Cloudy Cider from St Ives Cider
Our last summer cocktail recipe really stands out, thanks to the added splash of ginger liqueur adds depth to the drink without weighing it down. You can subtitute the orange juice with a fruit blend of your choice; the only stipulation is that you serve it in your finest flutes for a very impressive finish.
Recommended Cider: Cornish Pear Cider from Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard