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Cider, Spice, and Everything Nice Tea Cocktail


The Cider, Spice, and Everything Nice cocktail (pictured on right).

This chilled, Orleans aperitif is a dry cider-apple wine infused with basil and anise hyssop, from Vermont. Click here for more "tea-tails" for winter.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 Ounces cold cinnamon spice tea (oversteeped at 10 minutes)
  • 1 1/2 Ounce Orleans aperitif
  • 1 1/2 Ounce Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 1/4 Ounce lemon juice
  • 1/4 Ounce apple cinnamon simple syrup
  • 5 dashes Fee Bros. Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters

13 Cocktails That Prove Cinnamon Spice Makes Everything Nice

Save money on your energy bill by turning up the heat internally with cozy, cinnamon-forward cocktails that instantly make you feel warm and fuzzy. There&rsquos a reason cinnamon is a seasonal favorite during the winter holidays, and for months thereafter&mdashand from whiskey spice to apple cider cocktails, there are a lot of different ways to incorporate cinnamon into your libation rotation.

This handy guide to cinnamon cocktails will walk you through everything you need to know to work cinnamon-spiked drinks into your beverages mix, with recipes for beginning-of-the-season, harvest-inspired mixes to spirited takes that go beyond the holidays and hot after-dinner beverages. Plus, we&rsquoll go over how to make your own cinnamon-infused liquor or cinnamon syrup to help you get creative with recipes of your own. Cinnamon Toast Crunch cocktail (hello, Fireball, Rumchata, and Kahlua!) or easy cream soda cinnamon roll cocktail, anyone?


With the addition of cranberry juice and sliced oranges, this spiced cider tea recipe is a wonderful reproduction of the classic Yuletide beverage sipped in Medieval England and Germany. Prepare using your favorite spiced holiday tea we recommend Dream By the Fire Red Tea for a spicy-sweet blend of cinnamon and vanilla, or Hot Apple Cider Tea for an infusion of apples, oranges, ginger and mulling spices. The perfect warming beverage for cozy winter nights at home.

For an apple cider tea that is more sweet than spiced, we recommend this delightful blend of apple cider and Caramel Apple Red Tea . Smooth rooibos tea, vanilla and caramel deliver natural sweetness and richness of flavor, while real apple bits merge with apple cider for a crisp and satisfying infusion. A wonderful choice for the entire family.


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OLD FORESTER RYE SAZERAC

“Old Forester Rye makes a perfect base for the classic Sazerac due to its high proof and distinctive tasting notes. The proprietary mashbill, with its generous portion of malted barley (20%), establishes elements of magnolia, anise, and lemon—making for a cohesive landscape to build this classic cocktail upon.” —Jackie Zykan, master taster at Old Forester

Ingredients:

6 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Method: Rinse a chilled old-fashioned glass with the absinthe, add crushed ice, and set it aside. Stir the remaining ingredients over ice and set it aside. Discard the ice and any excess absinthe from the prepared glass, and strain the drink into the glass. Add the lemon peel for garnish.

KILBEGGAN SMALL BATCH RYE OLD FASHIONED

“Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye is made up of malted and unmalted barley as well as thirty percent rye. So its rye content is smaller in comparison to U.S rye whiskeys—and because if this, it allows for the green apple, ginger, and clove notes from the barley to stand up in an Old Fashioned. The soft rye spice is discoverable in every sip and a simple sprig of rosemary makes for the perfect garnish.” —Michael Egan, U.S. Brand Ambassador at Kilbeggan Distilling Co.

Ingredients:

2 parts Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye Irish Whiskey

2 dashes aromatic bitters

1 bar spoon of simple syrup or cinnamon syrup

Method: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, and stir briefly. Serve over a large ice cube and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

FLIP FLOP

“The Flip Flop is a whole egg cocktail. And it’s always a great cold-weather drink. The egg delivers great texture and depth and gives the bartender the ability to add more decadent ingredients.” —Brendan Bartley, head bartender and beverage director at Bathtub Gin

Ingredients:

Method: Crack egg into shaker. Add all other ingredients to shaker. Shake all ingredients vigorously. Add ice and repeat shake. Double strain ingredients into a chilled stemmed glass. Grate cinnamon on top.

YE OLDE MANHATTAN

“Our Ye Olde Manhattan is a riff on the world’s most famous whiskey cocktail. We drive a number of classic cocktails, so we wanted to create something similar but unique to us. It is very soft, elegant: a light style of Manhattan. We add our own small embellishments such as Otto’s vermouth, Madeira wine, Frangelico, and a few dashes of sandalwood bitters. It still shows all of the hallmarks of a classic Manhattan, but it is very unique to the townhouse. Madeira is an interesting addition because it has such a long history in the United States, hence the name ‘Ye Olde.’ It was particularly popular in South Carolina as it was one of the first fortified wines to come into the country. I thought it would be nice to pay homage to that because it is an ingredient you don’t see very often in cocktails. It adds an oxidized nuttiness to the finished drink. And Madeira can be found in most high-end wine shops.” —Naren Young, bar director at The Fat Radish Popup at The Orchard Townhouse

Ingredients:

3 dashes sandalwood bitters

Method: Stir and strain into a rocks glass and garnish with 3 skewered cherries.

APPLE PIE SPRITZ

“The Apple Pie Spritz is a great cocktail. The spicy notes from the Redemption rye mixed with the fresh apple cider create the ultimate mix of flavors topped off with some Josh Cellars prosecco for a little added fizz.” Matt Klette, brand ambassador at Redemption Rye

Ingredients:

Josh Cellars Prosecco, to top

Method: Add ingredients other than prosecco to flute and lightly stir to mix ingredients. Top with prosecco and garnish with expressed lemon peel.

PINTADAS UNIDAS

“We are deep into sweater weather, where all I want to do is cuddle with a boozy contemplative cocktail. This riff on an Old Fashioned is just that: a perfect nightcap to curl up and think over.” —Ivy Mix, author of Spirits of Latin America and cofounder at Leyenda, New York City

Ingredients:

1.5 parts El Tesoro añejo tequila

1 tsp. macadamia nut orgeat

Maldon smoked sea salt, for garnish

Melted Jacques Torres Midnight Chocolate, for garnish

Method: Stir, pour into a rocks glass that has been painted with Jacques Torres Midnight chocolate with a half rim of maldon smoked sea salt—over a large clear cube.

BRASS KNUCKLE

“This is our take on a Manhattan, featuring a bit of Cynar instead of straight sweet vermouth. For me, the Cynar gives it a depth of flavor that is otherwise missing in a Manhattan. It’s got a bit more spice, a bit more bitterness to balance the sweetness from the vermouth, and the cocktail cherries are a delicious treat after you finish the drink!” —Gavin Humes, food and beverage director at Scratch Restaurants

Ingredients:

0.5 oz. Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth

Method: Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into a coupe. Finish with cocktail cherries.

BULLEIT PROOF OLD FASHIONED

“A drink that is as bold as its name would suggest, the Bulleit Proof Old Fashioned bases itself on the Bulleit Rye Whiskey—a spicy rye whiskey. Building upon it are easily available ingredients that serve to enhance the drink and turn it into something incredible. An apple-infused syrup grants some sweetness and freshness a (muddled) sliced orange adds a citrus flavor and black walnut bitters grant the drink a more grounded, nutty profile—to stabilize everything into a masterpiece that is smooth and bears a notable smokiness at the end.” —Donny Largotta, beverage director at The Chester at The Gansevoort Hotel (Meatpacking)

Ingredients:

2 dashes black walnut bitters

Rosemary sprig, for garnish

Maraschino cherries, for garnish

Method: Stirred and strain over 1 large ice cube in a rocks glass. Garnished with a skewer of maraschino cherries, apple slice, and rosemary sprigs.

BOOTLEGGER’S WARD 8

“This recipe was born out of the Prohibition and the original recipe calls for Grenadine. (But to give it our own twist, we use pomegranate molasses.) Then, add the fresh orange juice, simple syrup, and some fresh lime juice. As a base ingredient, we use the Templeton Rye 4 Year, which was charred in American oak barrels and gives it a good flavor. Shake it up and serve!” —Goran Remes, former bartender at Rye House, New York City

Ingredients:

Bar spoon Pomegranate Molasses

Method: Shake and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a brandy cherry.

EIGHT O’CLOCK HOWELL

“Last April, every night at 8:00 p.m, the howling would begin. It was a way for Denver residents to honor our healthcare workers during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. The 8:00-hour was the scheduled shift change at most Denver-area hospitals and this was Denver’s way to recognize and thank them. So, we made the Eight O’Clock Howell simple to make for all the new home bartenders that were creating cocktails during lockdown. Just four easy-to-find ingredients and standard cocktail-making equipment. The howling in Denver stopped a while ago, but we’re still drinking this. Turns out, this cocktail works great this season too! The grain-forward flavors of our San Luis Valley Rye shine in this simple but bold cocktail.” —Steve Kurowski, marketing director at Laws Whiskey House

Ingredients:

0.25 oz. Dolin sweet vermouth

Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Method: Mix all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir and strain into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

COLD FASHIONED

“I love to add Mr. Black to classic cocktails because it provides depth and delivers a great coffee twist to your cocktail creation. One of my favorite examples is the Cold Fashioned: Instead of the regular recipe where you use sugar, try using Mr. Black with your favorite rye whiskey—and you have an old fashioned with a kick, the perfect drink for the season.” —Martin Hudak, global coffee ambassador at Mr Black

Ingredients:

1 oz. Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur

Method: Stir and serve on the rocks. Garnish with orange slice or peel.

MANHATTAN IN FALL

“The Manhattan In Fall is a bit less whiskey forward compared to the original Manhattan recipe. Amaro brings a very herbal and earthy tone to the cocktail—and its dark color gives the cocktail a unique hue.” —Juan Fernandez, beverage director at The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte, NC

Ingredients:

1 drop Crude Sycophant orange and fig bitters

Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir, strain into martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

SHADOW & LIGHT

“It is a wonderful time for warm spices, orchard fruit, and smooth whiskey. As a pioneer in the early days of film, the director Dorothy Arzner knew all about the inseparable connection between light and darkness, as well as the emotional impact it had on the audience. Her namesake rye, from Francis Ford Coppola’s line of ‘Great Women Spirits,’ forms the foundation of this nuanced cocktail, which cools the body with apple cider and lemon, while it warms the soul with amaro and chai tea syrup.” —Mark Tubridy, bartender at The 21 Club and cocktail consultant/educator

Ingredients:

*Chai Tea Syrup: Bring 1 cup of water to a rolling boil. Remove from heat, add 4 Chai tea bags (or loose-leaf Chai), and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the bags (or strain out the leaves) and pour tea into a saucepan over low-medium heat. Stir in 1 cup of sugar until it dissolves completely and then remove syrup from heat and let cool before bottling and refrigerating. (Yields 1.5 cups.)

Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin add ice, shake vigorously, and strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with star anise and three fanned apple slices.


16 Incredibly Delicious Apple Cider Cocktails That Taste Like Coziness in a Glass

Impress your guests with these unique and easy-to-prepare apple cider cocktails, the crème de la crème of fall and winter drinks.

’Tis the season for apple cider cocktails and fall drinks. Gallons of fresh apple cider are popping up at farmers&apos markets, grocery stores, and seasonal celebrations, flying off the shelves as people trade their spaghetti-strap shirts for plaid flannels. Maybe you’re even getting into the seasonal spirit by making your own apple cider after a day soaking up the fall foliage while picking apples for your favorite apple recipes.

No matter what kind of apple cider you start out with, adding a few simple ingredients will help you transform this classic fall drink into an even more festive treat. Check out the creative and easy apple cider cocktail recipes below (we’ve even put together an easy-to-save, easy-to-share graphic to make trying some of these cocktail recipes even easier). There’s a sparkling apple cider drink, an apple cider sangria, and even an apple cider punch. These fun beverages using apple cider are the perfect excuse to throw a fall gathering, host your own Friendsgiving, or just snuggle up on the couch with a good book and a warm drink on a chilly day.

You’ll notice that some of the recipes for these apple cider cocktails call for simple syrup—which you can buy at the store, butਊs the name suggests, the sweet addition is actually pretty simple to make yourself. First, you’ll whisk together equal parts sugar and hot water until the sugar is dissolved. Then, you let the mixture chill and store it for up to one week in the fridge. That’s it! Feel free to consult our full recipe for simple syrup, which breaks down our method in more detail.

If you can&apost get enough apple cider recipes (and, let’s be honest, who can in autumn?), these apple cider doughnuts are one of our favorite fall desserts, and these apple cider poached apples are another great use for all the types of apples you’re about to encounter.


Cocktails, With and Without Alcohol

We make our botanical amaro club sodas so that you can drink them straight from the bottle, but they also make great mixers.

If you like a gin & tonic, try a leisure soda instead of tonic for something much less sweet. If you like long whiskey drinks, try replacing plain soda water with a leisure soda for the perfect highball.

Or if you like making drinks as much as you like drinking them, try one of these recipes for a fun place to start.

The Club Americano is our go-to patio spritz, a refreshing, citrus-forward aperitivo, doubling down on everything that makes the classic Americano cocktail so great.

For our full recipe and the non-alcoholic cocktail variation, click here.

Adapted from Julia Bainbridge's Good Drinks, we love Alta with osmanthus oolong tea for the addition of tannic structure and floral, stone-fruity complexity.

Combine Alta and 1 tablespoon of the concentrated "tea bitters" in a rocks glass with a large ice cube.

Garnish with an orange twist.

We use hot water to extract tannins early, followed by a long steep to draw out more of the tea's floral, fruity complexity.

Bring water to a boil, and pour over tea leaves in a small heatproof bowl. Cover and steep for 4 hours.

Strain liquid into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until about two-thirds of the liquid has evaporated.

Our riff on the Tom Collins subs in vodka for gin, using Onda instead of soda water for lush, lemony botanical refreshment.

Shake vodka, syrup, and lemon juice with ice until just cold, about 15 seconds.

Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with Onda. Garnish with lemon wedge and maraschino cherry.

Who's the Captain Now? Fix yourself one of these easy-to-make, low-ABV sippers, and I reckon it's you.

Add everything to a chilled rocks glass filled with ice and stir briefly. (For the full effect, stir with your finger. Just make sure you wash your hands first.) Garnish with an orange twist. Top off with more Lillet Rouge or Como as you drink, if desired.

Can't find an aromatized red wine like Lillet Rouge? Grab your favorite sweet vermouth and use that instead!

Tired of the cold? This cozy, non-alcoholic hand warmer will make you forget all about hot toddies and mulled cider.

Pour about 9 ounces of Sera (down to the line on the front label) into a saucepan. Add sugar and optional spice(s), turn heat to medium-low, and cover. Meanwhile, divide the apple cider vinegar among two mugs or heat-resistant glasses.

Let the Sera come to a simmer for a minute or two, and safely remove the spices. Divide the hot liquid into your mug, and divide what's left in the bottle to top. Garnish with your spice, and serve hot!

The Vibe Check is a tart, herbaceous highball cocktail that's easy to make, easier to drink, and even easier on the eyes.

Fill a chilled Collins glass with ice. Add the lemon juice, then the Onda. Stir gently.

Float the Montenegro by pouring over the back of a spoon. Garnish with orange wheel.

We love the Paloma di Roma because grapefruit, cinnamon-spice, and mezcal were made for each other. Plus, the name is so much fun to say.

Build in a chilled, salt-rimmed Collins glass, then add ice. Top with Sera. Garnish with half a grapefruit wheel.

Having trouble with the salt rim? Cut a notch in a lime wedge, and run that along the rim first. Then pour some salt on a plate, and dip the outer lip of your glass right into the salt.

We love the Winter Citrus because our grapefruit and cinnamon-spice, plus crisp lemon and subtle elderflower from the Haus Citrus Flower aperitif are made for each other.

Pour Citrus Flower into a chilled Collins glass, over ice. Top with Sera. Garnish with an orange twist.

New to Haus? They make aperitifs on their family farm in Sonoma. If you order a sample pack, make sure you try the Bitter Clove too! (Great on its own, but also plays well with our Alta club soda. )

Looking for spirit free cocktails? It's easier than you think.

We created the recipes our Italian amaro club sodas using principles we learned from the best chefs and mixologists — balancing just the right balance of bitter, sweet, tart, and mineral.

That means you can pour a leisure soda into your favorite glassware, along with a twist of citrus peel or a fresh herb garnish, and you've got yourself an easy, not-too-sweet, spirit free cocktail would fit in at any of the top mixology bars or fine dining restaurants in the world.

But if you enjoy the mixing your own drinks from scratch, we get it, and we've got good news. A handful of fun, spirit free cocktails are in the works, and coming soon.


18 Cocktails Every Tea Lover Should Know

These cocktail recipes give a whole new meaning to teatime.

Whether hot toddies or iced tea are your thing, we've found 18 delicious, tea-infused cocktail recipes to enjoy throughout the year.

How do you make an Irish whiskey punch even more St. Patrick's Day appropriate? Stir in some green tea, of course.

This white rose tea martini&mdashgarnished with floral "confetti"&mdashwould be a beautiful addition to any brunch table this spring.

Treat your mom to a few of these Earl Grey-infused cocktails this Mother's Day.

Mixing in a batch of hibiscus tea not only makes your margaritas even tastier, but also makes them HOT PINK. That's a win-win in our book.

Try this fresh take on the classic Southern cocktail this spring.

Made like a traditional hot toddy&mdashwith tea, honey, whiskey, and lemon&mdashthis cocktail is poured over ice cubes right before serving for a refreshing summer drink.

If peach iced tea is your go-to summer drink, then you've got to try this boozy version for happy hour.

This rum-spiked take on a classic Southern fruit tea recipe is easy to whip up for a crowd.

This mix of gin, prosecco, and iced green tea is just begging to be sipped on a porch this summer.

Once the weather cools off, switch over to this delicious blend of maple whiskey and chai tea.

Adapted from an antebellum recipe, this blend of black tea, rum, brandy, and lemon is one of the most popular drinks served at Husk in Charleston, South Carolina today.

This recipe is unexpected, but so easy to make.

This cocktail is just as delicious warm as it is cold&mdashadapt it as the weather changes.

This spicy blend of tea, rum, and blood oranges is just the thing to sip on a cold winter night.

Give your tea cocktail a tropical twist by mixing in a bit of passion fruit.

This ruby red concoction of fruit juice, bubbly, and black tea simple syrup would make a festive holiday cocktail.

Branch out from your typical whiskey sour routine by adding a bit of chai syrup to the mix.


Spiced Alcohol

Mulling spices have traditionally been used to add flavor to alcoholic beverages such as beer, cider, and wine. The “recipe,” such as it is, is quite easy: gently simmer one quart (four cups) of your preferred beverage with two tablespoons of mulling spices for up to 20 minutes add half a cup of sugar if you like it extra sweet. You can also prepare your mulled beverage in the crockpot and let it simmer on low for four hours (or high for two).

Want to get fancy? Try using mulling spices in place of tea (or along with it!) in our Holiday Sangria recipe or use them in a riff on Krista’s festive Mulled Apple Wine. If you really want to get decadent, infuse spices into your favorite brandy via our instructions. Or infuse the spices into a hard liquor such as vodka, rum, or whiskey and use it to create exciting new cocktails.

If you feel the need to cool off — or are just looking for a fun add-in for punch or those aforementioned cocktails — try steeping your spices in water and turning them into ice cubes.


What Is Chai?

Chai, or masala chai, as it's known in India, is a mixture of black tea and spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and anise. (Chai is the Indian word for tea, so technically speaking, 'chai tea' means 'tea tea'.)

In India, it's often brewed with milk (what we know here as chai latte), but this recipe simply calls for chai brewed with water. I give instructions to make the tea double strength to add extra flavor to the mixture.


Spiced Apple Cider Tea Recipe

I&rsquove had apple flavored teas and also spiced teas that I&rsquove enjoyed so why not? I have to say it was quite the success!

It&rsquos a little bit sweet, it&rsquos a little bit spicy and it&rsquos a whole lot of comforting deliciousness to warm up with.

You can see the warm color change from the first photo of just cider to the others where it&rsquos been combined with tea and spices. Yum!

Being from the south I do like my tea sweet. I also prefer to use an unsweetened fresh apple cider.

So, I needed to add a bit of sweetener to this spiced apple cider tea. But, I&rsquove also been limiting how much extra sugar and calories I drink.

I&rsquove been trying various options but some have an aftertaste I don&rsquot care for. The latest one I&rsquove tried is Organic Stevia In The Raw® and is the one I&rsquove enjoyed most by far.

One packet has been enough for me to sweeten a mug of tea (and this cider tea). This is nice because each packet is only 3 calories and sweetens about the same as 2 teaspoons of sugar. Two teaspoons of sugar is 32 calories. And I honestly used closer to a tablespoon of sugar in the past.

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Here&rsquos how to make the spiced apple cider tea. It&rsquos for one 8-ounce serving but it can easily be doubled, tripled, etc.