Ski Bunny Cider Cocktail

Ski Bunny Cider Cocktail


Ski Bunny Cider Cocktail

Made by Suzanne Henricksen

How did I become a Ski Bunny? It was this alpine liqueur cider cocktail. Ok, not really. To be honest, I’m a great ski bunny because I’m not a great skiier or snowboarder. But I love the snow and a lot of my friends love to ski, so I’ve mastered the ski bunny game—if I do say so myself.

Unfortunately, the idea of being a ski bunny is often fraught with sickly sweet beverages like hot toddies, mulled cider, or hot buttered rum. And you know, while sitting by the fire or lounging in a hot tub sometimes you just want a refreshing, crisp drink that makes you feel like you’ve been hitting the slopes all day. And this cider cocktail tastes like winter, yet is still refreshing and fun. Thanks alpine liqueur and Spanish style cider! Perfect for a ski bunny that’s been working hard on her lounging skills all day!

Fuzzy Suz sipping cider cocktail

Let’s Get Stirrin’

Serves: 1

Special Tools: None

Difficulty: Easy


1 ½ oz Townshend’s Alpine Liqueur (sadly, Townshed has closed but Lee’s Spirits makes a tasty variation on this)

4 oz Trowbridge Cider

1 tsp simple syrup

½ oz lemon

Spring of rosemary

  1. Sugar the rim of a cocktail glass
  2. Add ice and all ingredients into rimmed glass
  3. Stir, add a sprig of rosemary and enjoy!

It’s like being a ski bunny from the comfort of your couch. Cheers 🥂

If you can’t get your hands on Trowbridge to make this cider cocktail, choose a dry, somewhat funky cider. Spanish sidra or another Spanish style cider would be perfect.

Suzanne making a sour face wondering if she'll like this cocktail

But will I like it?

Cocktail flavor profile

Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well!

So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize.  This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well! 

  • Sweet 30% 30%
  • Sour 45% 45%
  • Spiritous 40% 40%
  • Refreshing 60% 60%
  • Complex/Funky/Unique 70% 70%

Let me know what you discover, or if you would have rated it differently in the comments below…

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