How to Make the Perfect Cider Cocktails: A Guide for Entertaining at Home

How to Make the Perfect Cider Cocktails: A Guide for Entertaining at Home

Ciders can transform from a simple beverage into the heart and soul of imaginative concoctions when used as an ingredient in a cocktail. For those who revel in crafting unforgettable experiences, this guide is your passport to becoming a cider cocktail maestro.

Whether you're a seasoned mixologist or a novice enthusiast, this guide will unpack the secrets of crafting cider cocktails that transcend the ordinary. With each sip, you become the conductor of a sensory orchestra that tantalizes palates and sparks conversations.

At Norman Goodfellows, we don't just offer drinks; we're your partners in elevating your home gatherings to extraordinary heights.

The Basics of Cider Cocktails

Before you embark on your creative journey, let's lay the groundwork. You’ll need to gather a few essential ingredients and tools to begin, because a well-crafted cocktail deserves an elegant stage.

#1: Your Cider of Choice

Of course, cider is the main ingredient. Choose a cider that suits your taste preferences, whether it's dry, sweet, flavoured, or spiced.

#2: Spirits

Adding a spirit can elevate the flavour of your cider cocktail. Some popular options include:

  • Gin - works well with herbal and citrusy ciders.
  • Whiskey - adds warmth and complexity, complementing spiced ciders.
  • Rum - pairs nicely with fruitier ciders and spiced varieties.
  • Vodka - offers a neutral base that lets the cider's flavours shine through.

#3: Mixers or Liqueurs

These can enhance the cocktail's flavour and add complexity. Consider using:

  • Liqueurs like apple schnapps, cinnamon liqueur, or fruit liqueurs.
  • Bitters - a few dashes can add depth and balance to your cocktail.

#4: Fresh Fruit

Sliced apples, pears, berries, citrus wedges, or even a twist of lemon or orange can be great garnishes and flavour enhancers.

#5: Herbs and Spices

Fresh herbs like mint, rosemary, or thyme, along with spices such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, or nutmeg, can add aromatic and flavourful elements.

#6: Sweeteners

Depending on your cider's sweetness level, you might want to add a touch of sweetness with honey, maple syrup, or simple syrup.

#7: Ice

Don't forget ice! It helps chill your cocktail and dilutes it slightly, balancing the flavours.

#8: Glassware and Garnishes

Consider using appropriate glassware, such as tumblers, mugs, or stemware, to enhance the presentation. Garnishes like fruit slices, twists, or herbs can add a finishing touch.

Cider Cocktail Recipes To Try

We’ve curated two cider cocktail recipes for you to try. First is a class cider cocktail with a delightful crisp twist, and second is a creative cocktail blend of spiciness and flavour. Enjoy!

Cider Margarita:


  • 50 ml tequila
  • 25 ml orange liqueur (such as Triple Sec)
  • 25 ml lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 100 ml apple cider
  • Ice
  • Salt or sugar (for rimming the glass)
  • Lime wedge or apple slice (for garnish)


  • Moisten the rim of a glass with a lime wedge.
  • Dip the moistened rim into a small plate with salt or sugar, coating the rim evenly. This step is optional, but it adds a nice touch of flavour.
  • Fill a shaker with ice.
  • Pour in the tequila, orange liqueur, and freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • Close the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds to chill and mix the ingredients.
  • Strain the cocktail into the rimmed glass filled with ice.
  • Gently pour the apple cider into the glass, allowing it to mix with the other ingredients.
  • Garnish the cocktail with a lime wedge or a slice of apple.

Cider Michelada:


  • 330 ml apple cider
  • 25 ml lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Dash of hot sauce (adjust to taste)
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and chili powder (for rimming the glass)
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge (for garnish)


  • Moisten the rim of a glass with a lime wedge.
  • Mix equal parts salt and chili powder on a small plate.
  • Dip the moistened rim into the salt and chili powder mixture, coating the rim evenly.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Pour in the freshly squeezed lime juice, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Gently pour the apple cider into the glass, allowing it to mix with the other ingredients.
  • Use a stir stick or a long spoon to gently mix the ingredients in the glass.
  • Garnish the drink with a lime wedge

With every sip, you embark on a voyage of taste, innovation, and connection. The art of cider cocktails is a journey that transforms ordinary gatherings into extraordinary moments. As you toast to laughter and shared memories, remember that Norman Goodfellows stands by your side.

You’ll find all the beverage ingredients you need to make these cider cocktails and a variety of other concoctions online or in store. Visit our liqour online store or in person, and let the journey begin.