3 Hard Cider Cocktails For Your Fall Drinking Pleasure

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Halloween is over, so we’ve had our fill of pumpkin beer. Now we're all about hard cider. The age-old beverage has gotten more and more popular recently, becoming a fixture on many American bar menus, with a cider tap right next to the draft beers.

But as tasty as cider is on its own, its natural acidity and lift make it a perfect cocktail ingredient. Dump just about any brown spirit in cider and you've got a killer drink; opt for one of these slightly more complex cocktails and you'll get an incredibly sophisticated drink with minimal effort.

7 Honey Cocktails to Start Your Buzz

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When an overly bitter cocktail needs a shot of sweetness, there are a number of fixes in a bartender's arsenal. You might think to grab your trusty bottle of simply syrup to take the edge off, but others are adding in a more natural option: honey. In many cocktails, honey's thickness and depth of flavor can stand up against other ingredients, whereas simple syrup or agave nectar often recede into the background. Just imagine a Bee's Knees without the stick stuff. All you'd be left with is a glass of gin and squeeze of lemon juice.

5 Reasons to Bring Back Peach Schnapps

August is National Peach month which reminded us of this: On an episode of The Walking Dead, badass Daryl (Norman Reedus) accompanies virtuous Beth (Emily Kinney) on her first booze run. When they score some schnapps, Daryl smashes the bottle, proclaiming, “Your first drink ain’t gonna be no peach schnapps.” Spoiler alert, they find moonshine—much classier. This scene was disturbing on multiple fronts, but mostly why waste a perfectly good bottle of schnapps during the apocalypse? Clearly, Daryl doesn’t know how good it can be in cocktails.

8 Portable Picnic Cocktails

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If you’re heading to a picnic, beach party or potluck today, don’t just bring potato salad or pie. Be everyone’s favorite guest by showing up with a big bag of ice and a pitcher of one of these easily pre-batched summer cocktails.

1. Vino Francesca

This food-friendly sangria is made with fruity rosé.


1/3cup honey

1/3 cup boiling water

15 sage leaves, plus more for garnish

One 750-milliliter bottle rosé

Lemon twists, for garnish