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?