Flavored Hard Cider Recipes You'll Fall in Love With

Published March 25, 2022
flavored hard cider

Sometimes you bring home hard cider, and it doesn't quite hit all the right notes. There is nothing to worry about, though; there are plenty of ways to utilize this serendipitous accident. You can quickly and easily transform your purchase into a multitude of flavored hard cider recipes.

Rum Punch Hard Cider

Slide a splash of hard apple cider into this twist on a rum punch.

rum punch hard cider

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce white rum
  • ¾ ounce dark rum
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces hard cider
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • Ice
  • Green apple slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, white rum, dark rum, pineapple juice, hard cider, lemon juice, and grenadine.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with apple slice.

A Peachy Hard Cider

Capitalize on peach flavors that go so swimmingly with hard cider.

peachy hard cider

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces peach vodka
  • 1 ounce peach liqueur
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Hard cider to top off, preferably dry, such as Angry Orchard
  • Peach slice and mint leaf for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vanilla vodka, peach liqueur, and lemon juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with hard cider.
  5. Garnish with peach slice and mint leaf.

Ginger Snap Cider

Ginger provides a singularly sweet, savory, and spicy flavor, pair that with apple, and you have a new cocktail that will impress all tastebuds.

ginger snap hard cider

Ingredients

  • 1¼ ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce still hard cider
  • ¾ ounce ginger liqueur
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, hard cider, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, and bitters.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with mint sprig.

Aperol Hard Cider Spritz

Play with the bitter, orange flavors of Aperol and the soft, smooth flavors of a sweeter hard cider together.

aperol hard cider spritz

Ingredients

  • 2½ ounces Aperol
  • 1½ ounces prosecco
  • 1½ ounces hard cider
  • Ice
  • Splash of club soda
  • Orange slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a wine glass, add ice, Aperol, prosecco, and hard cider.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Add a splash of club soda.
  4. Garnish with orange slice.

Strawberry Cider Spritzer

Take a walk on the berry side to flavor your hard cider.

herbed strawberry hard cider

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • ¾ ounce strawberry liqueur
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • 1 ounce still hard cider to top off
  • Ice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Strawberry and rosemary sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, strawberry liqueur, lemon juice, grenadine, and hard cider.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with club soda.
  5. Garnish with strawberry and rosemary sprig.

A Bramble in an Orchard

Toss out the gin but don't lose the blackberry flavors in this marriage of hard cider and a bramble.

blackberry hard cider highball cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • ¾ ounce blackberry liqueur
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Hard cider to top off
  • Blackberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, citron vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Top off with hard cider.
  4. Garnish with blackberry.

Cranberry Cider

Go ahead and match your cider with some tart cranberry. You'll find a crisp and bright cocktail waiting for you at the end of your straw.

Cranberry Spiced Orchard cocktail

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces still hard cider
  • ¾ ounce orange liqueur
  • ¾ ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Apple slice and cranberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, cranberry juice, hard cider, orange liqueur, vodka, and lemon juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with apple slices and cranberry.

New Old-Fashioned

Use a sweet hard cider in place of simple syrup, with just a touch of pear to tie it all together.

new old fashioned pear hard cider cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ¾ ounce pear liqueur
  • ½ ounce sweet hard cider
  • 3-4 dashes orange bitters
  • 1-2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Ice
  • Pear slice for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass, add ice, bourbon, pear liqueur, hard cider, and bitters.
  2. Stir rapidly to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with pear slice, if desired.

Giving Hard Cider a Flavorful Boost

There's nothing wrong with wanting a little something more, but when your spirit comes in a bottle, and you've only ever enjoyed it one way, it can be hard to think outside of the box. So cut your way through the apple orchard and add new life and a dash of unexpected flavor to that bottle of hard apple cider.

Was this page useful?
Related & Popular
Flavored Hard Cider Recipes You'll Fall in Love With