Looking to up your cocktail game this fall? Give your apple cider a kick with recipes from local spots like Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., B. Nektar, and Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill.
This apple cider cocktail recipe from Kuhnhenn’s highlights the brewery’s house-made whiskey.
– 1 to 2 shots of Kuhnhenn Cinnamon Infused Aged Whiskey
– Apple slices
– Apple cider
– 2-3 tsp. of cinnamon sugar
Dampen the rim of a glass and coat it with cinnamon sugar. Muddle apple slices in the glass and add ice. Pour cinnamon whiskey into the glass to combine with the apple. Finally, top with your choice of apple cider.
Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., 4919 Chicago Road, Warren; 586-983-8362; and 36000 Groesbeck Hwy, Clinton Township; 586-231-0249; kbrewery.com
This cocktail stars B. Nektar’s Zombie Killer, a hard cider with honey and cherry.
– 1 orange slice
– 1 tsp. of raw sugar
– B. Nektar’s Zombie Killer
Muddle an orange slice in a glass with the raw sugar. Then pour 1.5 parts vodka and 2.5 parts B. Nektar’s Zombie Killer into the same glass.
B. Nektar Taproom, 1511 Jarvis St., Ferndale; 313-744-6323; bnektar.com
The Toasted Lantern
The Toasted Lantern from Blake’s features the cider mill’s Apple Lantern hard cider, which is made from handpicked apples and oven-roasted pumpkin.
– About a quarter gallon of apple cider
– 1 packet of mulling spices (similar to the size of a teabag)
– 2 to 3 cinnamon sticks
– 1.5 oz. Rye Whiskey or Bourbon
– Blake’s Apple Lantern Hard Cider
– Apple slice for garnish
Place the cider in a pot on the stove with a packet of mulling spices and cinnamon sticks. Be sure to wrap the string on the mulling spice packet around the pot handle so it doesn’t catch fire. Let the mixture simmer until half of it is left in the pot.
Move the cider into a different container to cool, leaving the mulling spices and cinnamon sticks to soak.
Pour about two ounces of the cider and an ounce and a half of the rye whiskey — rum or bourbon could be options, too — into a shaker with ice and shake. Pour everything into a glass and add Blake’s Apple Lantern Hard Cider on top until your glass is full. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon sticks, and enjoy.
Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Tasting Room, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada; 586-784-9463; blakeshardcider.com.