Warm Yourself With This Cider Cocktail

Photo: Claire Lower

Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we’re making our first ever reader-suggested cocktail, and it’s a good one.

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Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we’re making the rum-heavy Dark ‘n’ Stormy, because this week has been, for lack of a better phrase, total garbage.

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Even on the coldest of evenings, I am not a huge fan of warm alcohol — I like to be chemically, not physically, warmed by my beverage. I do not, on the whole, drink a lot of hard cider, which I’ve found gets pushed heavily when the weather is cooler. (Even the dry stuff is usually too sweet.) But when a very nice reader named Karl wrote in suggesting I mix it with rye and dry orange liqueur, I was like, “Oh, yeah. OK.”

According to Karl, “It’s a great warming cocktail, and strong for the cool fall nights to boot. The spiciness of the rye and the spiced orange liqueur add depth to the cider, and the dry whiskey and liqueur cut the sweetness of the cider.” Karl uses Clockwork Orange by New Holland Spirits, which is a spiced liqueur for extra autumnal-ness, but I made tried it with Dry Curaçao, and found it to be quite nice. To make your own, you will need:

  • 60ml rye whiskey
  • 30ml dry spiced orange liqueur
  • Dry hard cider to top

You can simply combine the whiskey and liqueur together in a glass and top with cider, or you could get a little fancier and shake the first two ingredients together in a shaker with one big ice cube, then strain into a glass and pour the cider on top. Take a sip, and enjoy.


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