Fall is my favorite time of year to experiment with cocktails. It’s fun to have festive cocktails for holiday gatherings or if you’re like me and my friends, we also like to get together to make creative cocktails when we’re all hanging out. There’s so many good flavors between fall fruits such as pomegranates, pears, cranberries, apples and more and these lots of wonderful spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger that all carry a lot of nostalgia for many. If you’re looking for a cocktail that’s sure to please a wide array of people or simply something new to try, you must certainly give this one a try! This quick and easy cider champagne cocktail is a must-try!
When I was thinking of a new cocktail recipe to try out, I wanted something that felt nostalgic for me and had flavors that would be favored by many. Growing up during the holidays as a kid, my family would always have Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider. We’d have it at Thanksgiving, Christmas and during New Years. I wanted a grown-up version of my childhood holiday drink.
For this recipe, I chose to use Martinelli’s Unfiltered Apple Juice because I liked the flavor it gave the cocktail. I tried the recipe with their Sparkling Cider but it was hard to taste the champagne. The lemon and ginger give this cocktail more dimension and the flavors pop.
Make this cocktail for your next get together during the holidays or with family and friends if you want a simple cocktail that will be sure to please many. Let me know your thoughts on this cider champagne cocktail if you give it a try! For your holiday meal, don’t forget to check out the best recipe for pate brisee, which will make the best crust for your pie!
Makes: 4 drinks
- Martinelli’s Unfiltered Apple Juice
- freshly finely grated ginger, strained
- freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Start by making the sugar cinnamon mixture that you’ll use to rim the glasses. On a small plate, mix the sugar and cinnamon together. I’d start by using a couple dashes of cinnamon and you can add more according to your preference.
- With each glass one-by-one, rim them. Start by rubbing the rim with a cut lime or with clean hands, dip your index finger and thumb in a cup of water and gently trace them around the rim of the glass.
- After that, take the glass by the stem and dip it in the cinnamon sugar mixture and slightly twist the rim around in the mixture to ensure the rim gets fully coated. Lift up the glass and very gently tap it so any of the loose mixture shakes off. Don’t tap too hard or it could fall off in larger clumps. Repeat with the remaining glasses.
- Pour the champagne among the four glasses.
- Pour in 1/4 cup of Martinelli’s Unfiltered Apple Juice per each glass.
- Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice to each glass.
- Add 1/8 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger to each glass. Increase the flavor as needed based on your preference.
What’s your favorite cocktail for the holidays?