Fall Spritz Cider Cocktail



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Good For:

Holidays, Batching


Fall Spritz Cider Cocktail

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, I’m feeling well prepared. Everything that can be prepared early is ready to go, the turkey has been brining for two days, and I’m stocked with lots of great craft booze.

But what, about a cocktail to welcome people as they arrive? Since I’ll be in the craziness of cooking I want it to be easy, delicious, and appropriately seasonal. Ideally something I can make a big batch of so all I have to do is pour before answering the door.

Fall Cider Spritz to the rescue! I love this cocktail because it only has 3 ingredients, yet it’s incredibly complex while also being refreshing. Complex due to the layers of botanicals in the amaro and the naturally funky quality of Spanish style ciders. Refreshing because of the bubbles and relatively low alcohol content compared to other cocktails. Oh, and the amaro is great for getting your belly ready for a big meal too! This is one cocktail I’ll be sipping all season long…

Let’s Get Stirrin’


3 oz Averna Amaro

12 oz Basque-style dry hard cider
Such as Isastegi Sagardo or a US Spanish Style Cider like Trowbridge pictured

Orange twist as a garnish


Pour amaro and cider into a small pitcher filled with ice and stir to combine.

Pour into two coupe glasses and garnish with orange twist.


Recipe Credit: Bon Appetit

…but am I going to like it?

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 5% 5%
  • Sour 60% 60%
  • Spiritous 15% 15%
  • Refreshing 35% 35%
  • Complex/Funky/Unique 75% 75%

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

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