It’s almost officially fall and I’m not mad about it. While summer is still my favorite season, fall comes in a close second.
Mostly because I love creating new recipes with all the delicious fall goodies, but maybe also because of slightly cooler weather and the start of sweater season.
Though, I live in Texas so we actually don’t get much of a cold season.
Anyway, I’m bringing you a delicious fall inspired cocktail today – a harvest apple mezcal cider. I’ve been really getting into mezcal and this drink has the perfect balance of smokey from the mezcal and sweet from apple cider.
Let’s get shaking!
Start by mixing the cinnamon and sugar together in a shallow dish. Rim the edge of a glass with a lemon wedge to dampen it and then roll the glass in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
In a cocktail shaker, add the mezcal, apple brandy, apple cider, lemon juice, and angostura bitters. Fill the shaker 1/2 way with fresh ice, cover, and shake for 30 seconds to fully chill and incorporate the drink.
Fill the cinnamon sugar rimmed glass with fresh ice and strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnish with a few apple slices and a stick of cinnamon, if desired.
This recipe can easily be converted to make enough for a party. Then just pour all the ingredients into a pitcher with ice instead and stir well.
Serve and enjoy! Happy almost fall!
Harvest Apple Mezcal Cider
- 2 oz mezcal
- 1/2 oz apple brandy
- 3 oz apple cider
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- cinnamon sticks
- fresh thyme
- apple slices
- In a shallow dish, mix together granulated sugar and cinnamon.
- Using the wedge of the lemon, rim the glass to get slightly wet. Dip the edge into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Fill glass with fresh ice.
- In a cocktail shaker, add mezcal, apple brandy, apple cider, lemon juice, and bitters. Fill shaker 1/2 way with ice, cover, and shake for 30 seconds.
- Strain into rimmed cocktail glass with fresh ice. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, thyme, and apple slices, if desired.