Autumn is my favorite time of year. The fading flavors of summer combine with the oncoming flavors of fall, leading to a wonderful marriage of taste sensations and possibilities. My creativity seems to increase a thousand-fold this time of year! Last week there was leftover apple cider (Zieglers – my favorite) in my fridge, and I wondered what I could do with it. I perused my liquor cabinet – my fully stocked liquor cabinet – and found a bottle of Canton Ginger Liqueur I had special ordered last year. It is a bit sweet and I had not yet figured out how best to use it. I thought it would taste nice in the apple cider. There actually is a recipe that came with the Canton bottle that mixes equal parts Canton to apple cider. That was a bit too sweet for my taste buds. After tasting I decided to mix in the juice of about ¼ of a lemon…PERFECTION!! I think I have found my new fall cocktail!!!
Gingered Apple Cider Cocktail
- 2 parts apple cider
- 2 parts ginger liqueur (such as Canton)
- Squeeze of lemon
- Candied ginger
Pour apple cider and ginger liqueur over ice; add lemon juice and stir. Garnish with candied ginger and enjoy!