Cider Delighter

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Cocktail History

The Cider Delighter is an autumn cocktail that was created by Meaghan Dorman of Dear Irving in New York City, New York. Specifically made for Vikingfjord Vodka, the recipe mixes the potato-based spirit made exclusively from glacier water with the quintessential fall flavors of apple and allspice.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Vodka: This is a spirit made with grains, vegetables or fruits, and alcohol. We used Vikingfjord Vodka. For a mocktail version of this drink, try STRYKK Not V*dka in place of the vodka.

Apple Cider: This is a beverage made with freshly pressed apple juice and baking spices. We used The Glass Orchard Apple Cider because it’s fresh, delicious, and made locally to us.

Allspice Liqueur: This is a liqueur made with allspice berries, spices, sugar, and rum. We used St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram. For a mocktail version of this drink, try homemade allspice Demerara syrup in place of the allspice liqueur.

Lemon Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lemon. We used freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Apple Bitters: This is a food product made with apples, botanicals, herbs, and alcohol. We used Dashfire Spiced Apple Bitters.

Apple Slice: This is a red fruit with a mealy texture. We used a Honeycrisp apple.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Boston Shaker: This is used to shake ingredients. We used the Boston shaker from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Hawthorne Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is shaken. We used the A Bar Above Hawthorne Strainer.

Paring Knife: This is used to cut citrus into slices or wheels. We used the OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Paring Knife.

Juicer: This is used to juice citrus. We used the ALEEHAI Manual Fruit Juicer.

Tasting Notes

The Cider Delighter has pleasant aromas of allspice and a light-bodied crisp apple flavor that’s backed up with seasonal spices and a hint of woodsy flavor along with tart lemon for balance.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We had mixed feelings about this recipe, and we have to admit that our opinions mostly center around the choice of vodka as a base spirit. Although we appreciate its purposeful use to keep from distracting the spiced apple flavor, we both thought that the Cider Delighter might benefit from an apple brandy, bourbon, or even rye for their spicy or sweetening qualities.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“Although Kendall didn’t really care for it, I thought this drink was fairly flavorful and inoffensive. By using vodka, the drink is able to highlight all of its other flavors without drawing any attention away, so there’s a lot of apple, spices, and citrus. That said, its simplicity was a bit of a letdown for me because it almost tasted like a mocktail. I have nothing against mocktails, but there is something lost without the flavor of a spirit. A bourbon, brandy, rye, or other barrel-aged spirit would have been right at home here to give it a different flavor profile, or a gin could’ve replicated the same idea with a bit more herbal complexity.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐
“I expected the Cider Delighter to be another run-of-the-mill apple cocktail, but it ended up tasting very odd, in my opinion. Alex attributed its unique flavor to the lack of aged spirit that is used in most apple recipes, and that must be why I found its sourness to be a bit too overpowering. I’m surprised to say this, but I didn’t love it and would probably swap out the vodka for brandy or whiskey if I tried it again.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Liquor.com, an online beverage publication.

AuthorLiquor.com

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Vodka
 1 ½ oz Apple Cider
 ½ oz Allspice Liqueur
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 1 dash Apple Bitters
 1 Apple Slice

Method
1

Add vodka, apple cider, allspice liqueur, lemon juice, bitters, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over fresh cubed ice.

4

Garnish with apple slice.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Vodka
 1 ½ oz Apple Cider
 ½ oz Allspice Liqueur
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 1 dash Apple Bitters
 1 Apple Slice

Directions

Method
1

Add vodka, apple cider, allspice liqueur, lemon juice, bitters, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over fresh cubed ice.

4

Garnish with apple slice.

Cider Delighter

Make It a Mocktail: Use STRYKK Not V*dka in place of the vodka and homemade allspice Demerara syrup in place of the allspice liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Apple Cocktails

If you like this apple-flavored cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Applejack Cocktail Recipe

Applejack Rabbit: An apple brandy cocktail made with lemon juice, orange juice, spiced maple syrup, and a lemon twist

Calico Tea Cocktail Recipe

Calico Tea: A barleywine ale and apple brandy cocktail made with lemon juice, sage black tea syrup, Angostura aromatic bitters, and sage leaves

Weeknight Wassail Cocktail Recipe

Weeknight Wassail: An apple brandy and sherry cocktail made with apple cider, brown sugar, whole cloves, allspice berries, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and an apple slice

Apple Brandy Sour Cocktail Recipe

Apple Brandy Sour: An apple brandy cocktail made with lemon juice, maple syrup, egg white, Angostura aromatic bitters, and a cherry

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