1. Apple Cider Vinegar/Fruit Vinegars
Yup, a quarter of an ounce of fruit-flavored vinegar goes a long way in a tall cold one of hard cider. And no, vinegar in your cocktail won’t taste like accidentally drinking contact lens solution. Sugars are added to make these vinegars palatable while their natural acidity will complement the dry flavor of the cider. Go with varieties like passionfruit and blackcurrant to build on the bright, fruity flavors of apple cider.
2. Ginger is great with apple
Fact: if this cocktail was wearing velour sweatpants, it would say sweet + spicy across the back. The sweetness of the apple goes well with the bold spicy flavor of ginger, so whether you’re adding in ginger syrup, fresh ginger juice, or spicy ginger beer, the versatility of apple will always be able to hold up to the kick to the face ginger can be.
3. Orchard/Stone Fruits
If you want to layer different fruit flavors within your apple cider cocktail, stick with orchard fruits. This sounds pretty limiting but it isn't at all -- this squad rolls deep. Use anything you find growing on a tree the way apples do, like cherries, peaches, pears, etc. Whether you’re making a syrup, muddling, or adding fresh juice, these flavors complement each other easily, especially because apple is very subtle, light, and has a versatile component to it.
Cider and beer are those two friends who’ve been dancing around each other for years; it’s time to get together already to unleash the bubbly perfection that is a cider and beer cocktail. Avoid bitter, hoppy beers and stick to something with a high citrus flavor like a sour ale to complement the tart sweetness of apple cider without overpowering the cocktail. Or, opt for the simple malted flavors of a lager that won’t divert the flavors in the cider, or even for a dark stout for some creamy richness. Snake bites, anyone?