Dry Spiked Cider
I don’t like to read directions. IKEA never made a product I didn’t assume I could figure out how to put together, and then subsequently screw up. To my credit: I didn’t think a hot cocktail would come with directions. Normally you put a K-cup into a Keurig and out comes coffee. Not here.
I didn’t let the water pre-heat in the Keurig. When I put the cup into the dispenser, it spilled lukewarm booze into my cup without any hot water. This felt like taking a road trip to see a waterfall, only to be ushered into a room to watch a guy turn on the faucet in a bathroom sink. Derp.
The water heated! The cocktail box says you can water the drink down by selecting 10oz or make it boozier at 6oz; the company recommends 8oz. I follow the company’s advice, and… success! Hot water and booze come out at the same time! Getting this to work feels better than when I walked at my college graduation.
I love the way it tastes. It does indeed taste like dry cider -- cinnamon and booze flavors are present -- and there’s no artificial aftertaste that you’d get from a malt beverage trying to fake an apple flavor. Probably because there are no artificial flavors. But wait… the box says you have to shake the cup before you brew, mix it with a spoon after it brews, and then wait between 1-3 minutes for it to cool?! Shit.
I forgot to shake it. SHIT.
Ok, the Keurig said it was preheating, but I already had the K-cup in there, so it leaked out the entire pod while I was waiting for the hot water to heat up. Just like the first attempt!
There are five pods per box, so I had a fifth, umm, shot at this. I shake it. I stir it. And I wait one minute for it to cool. You definitely want to mix it! The apple notes are less intense than they were previously, probably because I finally followed directions. This is damn good for a cocktail coming out of a Keurig machine, and I feel a nicely warmed up from it… and from sipping on the previous four attempts. The cinnamon flavors add some complexity to the drink, and you can’t taste the booze for the most part. It smells fantastic. What more do you want from a cocktail?