Sparkling Ginger Hard Apple Cider

Red Hot Holiday Trends - This fruity, sparkly, bubbly, big-batch cocktail gets its signature kick from hard cider, bourbon and ginger liqueur. It’s a modern take on punch that’s perfect for entertaining.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 12

1/2
cup bourbon or brandy
3/4
cup ginger-flavored liqueur
1/4
cup clear orange-flavored liqueur
1/2
cup pure maple syrup
Several dashes aromatic bitters
4
bottles (12 oz each) hard apple cider, chilled
Ice chunks or ice cubes, if desired
Red apple slices

  • 1 In pitcher or punch bowl, mix bourbon, liqueurs, maple syrup and bitters. Slowly add hard cider.
  • 2 Carefully add ice. Garnish with apple slices.

Expert Tips

Ginger-flavored liqueur is a sweetened spirit flavored with ginger. It can be found at specialty liquor stores.

Bourbon is an American corn-based whiskey while brandy is a liquor distilled from wine or other fermented fruit juice. Either works great in this recipe, so use your favorite!

Regular ice cubes are great for individual drinks but melt so quickly that they tend to water down large punch-sized drinks. Avoid watered-down punch by using large chunks of ice or, nesting the punch bowl or pitcher in a larger bowl of ice.

Cider is just pressed from fruit, most often apples. The fresh juice is called sweet cider; fermented juice is called hard cider. For this recipe, we used hard cider found in most liquor stores.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
150
(
Calories from Fat
0),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
5mg
5%;
Total Carbohydrate
18g
18%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
12g
12%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.