2 super-tasty fall drinks to try at your next party {recipes}

2 super-tasty fall drinks to try at your next party {recipes} | Cardstore Blog

With the temperatures cooling down, I’m really getting in the mood for fall-flavored drinks. Everywhere I look, “fall flavor” seems to mean pumpkin, but for me, it means apple cider (which always reminds me of fall as a kid). I put together a couple of my favorite apple-cider drink recipes for you to share at your next fall get-together with friends. I also included some “pro tips” I picked up during the couple years I spent bartending ;-)

2 super-tasty fall drinks to try at your next party {recipes} | Cardstore Blog

2 super-tasty fall drinks to try at your next party {recipes} | Cardstore Blog

Apple Cider Margaritas

Yield: 2 drinks

Ingredients:
2 ounces orange juice
12 ounces apple cider
2 ounces Grand Marnier (optional)
2 ounces of your favorite gold tequila (optional)

Glass Rim
cinnamon
cane sugar
coarse sugar (the 2 sugars provide a nice texture with their size difference)
orange segments for rimming glass (explanation below)

Garnish
apple slices (cut width-wise)
cinnamon sticks

Directions:

On a small plate, stir together 3 tablespoons (each) of cane sugar, coarse sugar and cinnamon. Run an orange slice around the edge of each glass and press the rim into the cinnamon sugar mixture (the juice from the orange is what makes the sugar stick to the rim – you can use a lemon or lime in the same fashion). Fill the glasses with ice and set them aside.

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 cup of ice with the orange juice, apple cider, Grand Marnier and tequila, and shake. Pour the drink through a strainer into the ice filled glasses (using fresh ice in your drink keeps it extra cold – the ice from the shaker may have cracked and will melt faster). Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

That’s it! Enjoy your new tasty fall drink.

Note: Just as I was making these I realized I was completely out of orange juice! So I added about 2 oz. of fresh squeezed juice from the oranges I already had on hand, and it was easy and extra tasty.

2 super-tasty fall drinks to try at your next party {recipes} | Cardstore Blog

2 super-tasty fall drinks to try at your next party {recipes} | Cardstore Blog

Spiked Apple Cider Floats

Yield: 2 drinks

Ingredients:

Cinnamon Spice Simple Syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cinnamon stick

Apple Cider Floats
2 cups apple cider, chilled
1/4 cup cinnamon spice simple syrup
4-6 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 cup Crabbie’s Ginger Beer (optional – Fever Tree or Goya are my favorites, if you go the non-alcoholic route)
2 ounces bourbon (optional)

Directions:

Cinnamon Spice Simple Syrup

Combine the water, pumpkin spice, granulated sugar and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan. Place it over medium-high heat and allow the mixture to cook until the sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently (this should take about 2-3 minutes). Once the sugar is completely dissolved, turn off the heat and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature. After it’s cool, strain it through a fine mesh sieve (strainer) into a clean container. Cover the container and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

Apple Cider Floats

(For an extra frosty touch, place 2 mugs in the freezer about an hour before you plan to serve!)

Place 2-3 scoops of vanilla ice cream in each mug (I love ice cream, so of course I used 3 scoops!).

Combine the apple cider, cinnamon spice simple syrup, ginger beer and bourbon in a pitcher and stir. Pour the apple cider mixture over the ice cream in the mugs. Serve with a straw and a spoon. Enjoy!

Have any favorite fall drinks you like to enjoy as the leaves start to change? We’d love it if you shared them.

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6 Responses to “2 super-tasty fall drinks to try at your next party {recipes}”

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  1. Karen says:

    I’m looking for something I can make in a larger batch. Could that be done with the margarita recipe?

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