Apple Cidercar

Cheers!  We’ve made it to Wednesday  How about a little cocktail to celebrate?

Lots of people love sidecars for the boozy, slightly sweet punch they pack.  I love apple cider.  Thankfully, this drink combines the two into a perfectly balanced beverage.  Sweet apple cider, tangy lemon juice, and the warmth of brandy–what’s not to love?  

I think this would actually be a perfect cocktail to welcome guests over for a fall party or even Thanksgiving dinner.  To me, it’s a great “one drink” beverage just right for sipping and socializing.  These apple cidercars are also great from a hostess perspective because you can make up the entire pitcher and store, tightly covered, for a few hours.  This means the entire pitcher can be made the morning of your gathering and put out just as guests arrive.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, Bon Appetit always has a truly gorgeous Thanksgiving edition.  Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win not just the Thanksgiving issue, but an entire year’s worth of delicious magazines by leaving a comment here and on every post Monday through Thursday.

apple cidercar

 Apple Cidercar

adapted from Williams-Sonoma


12 fl. oz. fresh-pressed apple cider 

5 fl. oz. brandy

5 fl. oz. Cointreau or triple sec

2 fl. oz. fresh lemon juice


1.  Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Fill the shaker with
ice and shake well. Pour into sugar-rimmed cocktail glasses.  (I’d actually like to try this with a mixture of vanilla sugar and a touch of cinnamon.)  Serves 4.

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  1. That Girl
    October 19, 2011 / 9:38 am

    Posts like these make me so happy I can drink again.

  2. Becki's Whole Life
    October 19, 2011 / 10:32 am

    This sounds so yummy and a perfect "one drink" fall cocktail! I love when a drink warms your tummy like brandy does….yum…I actually have some cider in my fridge…I wonder how this would taste warmed?

  3. Suzy Q
    October 19, 2011 / 10:45 am

    I've always been a fan of an appletini…which probably has no semblance of apple in it, but who cares?Thanks for a great giveaway!tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  4. Natalie
    October 19, 2011 / 5:18 pm

    My husband has been on a huge side car kick, I'll have to tell him about these! Plus I love that you can make a big batch at once!

  5. Taryn
    October 19, 2011 / 9:25 pm

    YUM! I'm not typically a fan of brandy, but I had a cocktail with it this past weekend and it was amazing, so I'd love to give this a go as well!

  6. Katie
    October 19, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    Great giveaway, and this drink is perfect for the weekend!

  7. All Things Yummy
    October 19, 2011 / 11:32 pm

    Looks like a delicious cocktail.

  8. Ashley's Cooking Adventures
    October 20, 2011 / 5:56 am

    I've never tried a Side Car, they sound very fall-ish and delicious!

  9. Paige
    October 20, 2011 / 1:25 pm

    Love your pretty gold-rimmed glass!

  10. Lynsey
    October 20, 2011 / 2:41 pm

    This drink looks delicious! I love apple cider and I've been searching for the perfect cocktail that utilizes cider and this is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  11. lindsay
    October 20, 2011 / 7:51 pm

    Yum! Apples and alcohol. Perfect combo!lifeandkitchen at

  12. Christin
    October 20, 2011 / 8:17 pm

    I'm always game for trying a new cocktail!

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