The cider-honey base of this fall beverage makes enough for both adult and kid twists: one with pale ale, the other with sparkling cider. Beer and cider are refreshing and lower in sugar and alcohol than stronger potions, which tend to go down a bit too easily. Tip: The cider syrup needs time to cool; let it rest while you traverse the neighborhood then mix up the drinks when you return. Cut the apple slices for the kids’ drinks into spooky shapes before adding to the pitcher. For a kid-friendly variation, place remaining 1/2 cup cider mixture in a large pitcher. Add 3 cups chilled seltzer water, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3 cups chilled sparkling apple cider, and 1 slice Gala apple, stirring to combine.
1 1/2 cups apple cider
1/4 cup honey
3 cups seltzer water, chilled
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 (12-oz.) bottles pale ale-style beer, chilled
1 Gala apple, cored, thinly sliced crosswise, and divided
Est. added sugars 4g
How to Make It
Combine cider and honey in a small saucepan over medium-high; bring to a simmer. Cook 10 minutes or until reduced to about 1 cup, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat; cool to room temperature. Cover and chill 4 hours or overnight.
Place 1/2 cup cider mixture in a large pitcher (reserve remaining 1/2 cup for Honey Cider Cocktails). Add seltzer, lemon juice, and beer to pitcher, stirring to combine. Stir in half of apple slices. Serve over ice; garnish with remaining apple slices.
Honey Cider Cocktails (Kid-Friendly Variation): Place remaining 1/2 cup cider mixture in a large pitcher. Add 3 cups chilled seltzer water, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3 cups chilled sparkling apple cider, and 1 sliced Gala apple, stirring to combine. Serve over ice. Serves 8 (serving size: about 3/4 cup) CALORIES 92; FAT 0g; PROTEIN 1g; CARB 23g; FIBER 0g; Sugars 21g (est. added sugars 4g); CHOL 0mg; IRON 0mg; SODIUM 19mg; CALC 6mg
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