It's finally starting to feel like fall in North Carolina, and I could NOT be happier. Leaves are changing, pumpkins are everywhere, and the air is starting to feel crisp. What else is so popular in fall? Apples! Apple cider, apple pie, apple cinnamon candles. I love it all. To be honest with you, I am not a fan of pumpkin flavored things (GASP! I know) so I am happy to have another flavor option during this time of year.
In honor of the season, I thought I should create a wine cocktail using some fresh apple cider. I was inspired by this recipe over at Dishing Up the Dirt but made a few tweaks as I did some trial runs. The recipe is so simple and is basically fall in a glass.
Sparkling Spiced Apple Cider Recipe:
Serving Size: 1 cocktail
- 1 oz. Apple Brandy
- 1 to 2 oz. Cider & Spice
- Top off your glass with Dry Sparkling Wine
It is really THAT easy! A few notes on the ingredients above...
- My ABC Store didn't have a normal sized bottle of apple brandy, and I was too lazy to go check other stores. Luckily, they had airplane bottle sizes and it worked great! I found that each bottle had enough to make two cocktails.
- I first made the recipe with fresh apple cider, and I thought it tasted too much like a jolly rancher. I wanted some spice in there! That's when I went with the Cider & Spice that I found at Whole Foods (also saw it at my local chain grocery store). You could always mull your own spiced cider if you want to be fancy. I was lazy (again) and just bought the jarred stuff. Delicious! I liked 2 oz of it, but Kevin preferred 1 oz. Depends if you want the primary flavor to be the spiced cider or the bubbly!
- Any dry bubbly will work, so get what's on sale! I went with my go-to... Rondel Brut Cava from Total Wine. Can't be the price!
In all seriousness, this cocktail is the epitome of fall in my opinion. Enjoy this cocktail while carving pumpkins (be careful with those mini-saws!) or while you're snuggled up near the first fire of season!