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Cocktail Recipes

The Elder Enigma

Source: St. Vrain Cidery

Description:

Apple, ginger, elderflower, and gin combine in this unique summer cocktail. Refreshing up front, its sophistication quickly becomes apparent as layers of floral and botanical notes continue to unfold from its core.

Ingredients:

6 oz St. Vrain Cidery Dry Ginger Cider
1 oz St. Germain Liquer
1 oz gin
1 dash of citrus bitters

Instructions:

Add the gin, bitters, and St. Germain together in a highball glass filled with ice. Top up with St. Vrain Dry Ginger cider. Stir gently with a cocktail stirring spoon. Serve.


Featuring: St. Vrain Dry Ginger Cider

Blackberry Cider Smash

Source: St. Vrain Cidery

Description:

Apple, dark berry, and a subtle spice flavors combine in this apply variant on the Berry Smash cocktail. Sweet cardamom rounds out the tart, dry apple and tannic berry components of this drink, resulting in a complex, yet refreshing beverage.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz vodka
3 blackberries, for muddling
3 tsp / .75 oz cardamom simple syrup (recipe following)
5 oz St. Vrain Cidery Dry Chokeberry Cider
2 blackberries, for garnishing

Instructions:

Muddle the berries in a shaker. Add ice, vodka, and simple syrup. Shake. Strain into a Collins glass with ice. Top with Dry Chokeberry cider. Stir gently with a cocktail stirring spoon. Add few berries to garnish.

Variation:

For a blueberry version of this cocktail, muddle 7 blueberries instead of 3 blackberries and garnish with blueberries.


Featuring: St. Vrain Dry Chokeberry Cider

Cardamom Simple Syrup

Source: St. Vrain Cidery

Ingredients:

1 part table sugar
1 part water
Cardamom to taste

Instructions:

Dissolve the sugar into the water under low to medium heat, stirring constantly. Add the cardamom to taste and simmer briefly. Leave overnight in the refrigerator to steep. Strain out the cardamom.

Note: Powdered cardamom will infuse much quicker and won’t require overnight steeping, but will require finer straining than cardamom pods or seeds.

Example:

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 tsp ground cardamom

Berry Cider Sangria

Source: St. Vrain Cidery

Description:

Our cider version of the classic sangria that will cool you down on a hot summer day. Full of berries, zesty orange and undeniably refreshing. Throw that BBQ and invite the block. There is plenty to go around.

Ingredients:

A growler or pitcher
1 cup apple (variety of your choice)
1 cup orange sliced
½ cup sliced strawberries
½ cup blueberries
4 oz orange liqueur (We recommend Abbot & Wallace’s Amaro Arancia)
½ cup simple syrup
Full can SVC Blackberry Botanical cider
Can of SVC Dry Chokeberry cider

Instructions:

Add all of your sliced fruits to your chosen container. Make sure they have been cut small enough to fit through then opening. Next, add in the orange liqueur and the simple syrup. Then, pour in your can of Blackberry Botanical and top off with Dry Chokeberry cider. Refrigerate the sangria for 30 minutes to 4 hours for flavors to mix and for the liquid to chill. Finally, pour into a glass, garnish with your preferred fruit, and enjoy!


Featuring: St. Vrain Dry Chokeberry and Blackberry Botanical Cider

Citrus Perinne/Key Lime Mezcalita

Source: St. Vrain Cidery

Ingredients:

Ice
Flaky salt for rim
1 lime (½ juices, other half for garnish slice)
Cocktail shaker
2 oz Mezcal of choice (we recommend Dry Land Distillers’ Cactus spirit)
2 Tbsp orange liqueur (we recommend Abbott & Wallace’s Amaro Arancia)
4 oz SVC Key Lime Cider
Optional- 1 to 2 tbsp simple syrup for sweetness

Instructions:

Prep serving glass by lining rim with lime and flaky salt. Add Mezcal, orange liqueur, and juice from ½ lime to shaker with ice. Cover and shake for 20 seconds. Next, pour mixture into your glass filled with ice and top off with Key Lime cider. Add simple syrup if desired. Lastly, garnish with a slice of lime, serve and enjoy.


Featuring: St. Vrain Key Lime Cider

Chokeberry Cider Spritzer

Source: St. Vrain Cidery

Ingredients:

SVC Dry Chokeberry Cider
2 oz. white wine (we recommend Infinite Monkey Theorem’s Sauvignon Blanc)
A lemon (¼ cup juice)
An orange (sliced and and for zest)
1.5 oz Amaro or Aperol
ice

Instructions:

Add white wine, Amaro, and Chokeberry cider to a wine glass or tulip with ice. Then, add lemon juice and zest your orange into the glass and stir. Add in a few orange slices as desired, serve and enjoy.


Featuring: St. Vrain Dry Chokeberry Cider

Ginger Berry Smash

Source: St. Vrain Cidery

Ingredients (Berry Hibiscus Simple Syrup):

1.5 cups raspberries
5 hibiscus tea bags
1 cup water
½ cup sugar

Instructions:

Combine water, raspberries, and water in a saucepan over a medium heat stove. Smash the raspberries and bring the mixture to a boil. Then, remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Next, add the tea packets to the berry liquid and steep for an additional 5-7 minutes. Strain mixture into a container and set aside for mixing into the drink.

Remaining Drink Ingredients:

2 oz. SVC Dry Ginger Cider
2 oz. SVC Blackberry Botanical Cider
.5 oz Berry hibiscus syrup
1.5 oz.Mezcal (we recommend Dry Land Distillers’ Cactus Spirit)
A lime (½ for juice)
Ice
A shaker

Instructions:

Add Mezcal or Cactus, lime juice,and berry hibiscus syrup to shaker with ice. Shake mixture for 20 seconds and pour into a glass with ice. Add 2 oz of each cider to the glass. Garnish with lime if desired, serve and enjoy.


Featuring: St. Vrain Dry Ginger and Blackberry Botanical Cider

Cucumber Guava Mule

Source: St. Vrain Cidery

Ingredients:

SVC Dry Ginger Cider
2-3 oz. guava juice/nectar (recommend Jumex)
2 oz. Gin (recommend Dry Land Distillers or Abbott & Wallace)
Optional fresh-grated ginger
¼ cup small diced cucumber
½ lime
ice

Instructions:

Juice lime into a shaker with ice. Then, add in the guava juice, gin, and half of your diced cucumbers. Add the remainder of the cucumbers to a glass with ice. Shake your cocktail mixture for 10-15 seconds and pour into the glass. Grate in some ginger if desired. Top off with 4 oz. of Dry Ginger cider and stir. Finally, garnish with a cucumber slice, serve and enjoy.


Featuring: St. Vrain Dry Ginger Cider

The Balaton Mahattan

Source: St. Vrain Cidery

Ingredients:

3 oz. SVC Balaton Cherry Cider
2-3 oz. Whiskey of choice (we recommend Dry Land Distillers’ Heirloom)
1 oz. Amaro/orange liqueur (we recommend Abbott & Wallace’s Amaro Arancia)
Cherry bitters (we recommend Cocktail Punk)
Maraschino cherries
An orange for rind twist
Ice

Instructions:

Add your whiskey, amaro, and 2 dashes of bitters to a shaker with ice. Cover and shake mixture for 10-15 seconds. Pour into a glass with ice then top with Balaton Cherry cider and stir. Then, add in a cherry and twist your orange peel to release the essence. Drop the peel in, serve and enjoy.


Featuring: St. Vrain Balaton Cherry Cider | How To Video

Whiskey Ginger Twist

Source: St. Vrain Cidery

Ingredients:

SVC Dry Ginger or Gingerbread Cider
1.5 oz orange liqueur (we recommend Abbot & Wallace’s Amaro Arancia)
1.5 oz Whiskey (we recommend Dry Land Distillers’ Heirloom Wheat)
Orange rind
Aromatic bitters
Ice
Cocktail shaker

Instructions:

Add whiskey, orange liqueur, and 2 dashes bitters to shaker with ice. Cover and shake for 20 seconds. Next, pour mixture into a glass and top off with SVC Ginger/Gingerbread cider. Next, peel and twist orange rind over glass to release orange essence. Add the rind to your glass, serve and enjoy.


Featuring: St. Vrain Dry Chokeberry or Ginberbread Seasonal Cider

Guava Cider Cooler

Source: St. Vrain Cidery

Description

The perfect warm-weather cocktail. Pairs wonderfully with asian cuisine. 

Ingredients:

3 oz. SVC Pink Guava Cider
Canned pears (set aside 1.5 oz of the pear juice)
3 oz. aged rum (we recommend Dry Land Distillers’ Aged Cane Rum)
Orange or maraschino liqueur (we recommend Abbott & Wallace’s Amaro Arancia)
1.5 cups Ice
A blender

Instructions:

Add ice, rum, cider, orange liqueur to blender. Then, add 2-4 pears and the pear juice to the blender. Blend to smoothie/slushie texture. Pour into a glass and garnish with a pear. Serve and enjoy!


Featuring: St. Vrain Pink Guava Cider

Key Lime Pie Mojito

Source: St. Vrain Cidery

Mojito

Description: A delicious dessert-style cocktail that marries our off-dry Kry Lime cider with cane rum, and heavy cream. This is a perfect drink for those who prefer sweet ciders or those who simply love sweets!

Ingredients:

5 oz. SVC Key Lime cider
4 mint leaves (3 for muddling, 1 for garnish)
2 Tbsp simple syrup
1.5 oz Rum (Suggested: Dry Land Distillers’ Cane Rum)
1.5 oz heavy cream
Graham cracker for rim
Ice

Instructions:

Prep your serving glass by crushing up your graham cracker, applying a layer of simple syrup to rim and then coating with the graham cracker. Add mint leaves and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker, then muddle the mint. Next, add the rum and heavy cream to shaker. Add ice in last then cover and shake. Add some ice to your serving glass and pour shaker mixture in. Top off with SVC Key Lime cider, stir, and garnish as desired with mint and/or lime. Serve and enjoy!


Featuring: St. Vrain Key Lime Cider

Cider Island Grog

Source: St. Vrain Cidery

Description:

Tropical meets tart and refreshing in this summer cocktail in which rum, pineapple, and pink guava add depth and intrigue to a tart apple base.

Ingredients:

2 oz rum (preferred: Fortuity Rum by Anvil Distillery or Lusca Spiced Rum by Longtucky Spirits)
2 oz pineapple juice
6-8 oz St. Vrain Cidery Pink Guava Cider

Instructions:

Shake the rum and pineapple juice together with ice; pour over ice in a Collins glass. Top up with Pink Guava cider. Stir gently with a cocktail spoon and serve.


Featuring: St. Vrain Pink Guava Cider

Feel free to reach out to us with your own recipes and we can include them in our Mixology list. Just email us at [email protected].