When I was a kid, I would always drink sparkling cider when the adults drank champagne. It was a special treat that I always really enjoyed. My sister recently had a baby and was pregnant at my wedding. Her drink of choice was sparkling cider, and I have to tell you – I was a little jealous. I wanted some too. Only I wanted mine to have alcohol in it.
When I studied abroad in London in college, I got REALLY in to hard cider. Like really in to it. I would buy a 2 liter bottle of Strongbow and just carry it around my dorm with me (gross, I know). When I came back from London I was happy to see that cider was suddenly showing up in the bars everywhere. It was the greatest thing. I didn’t think I liked beer, so I would always order cider whenever I went out. Thankfully, I graduated from Strongbow to ciders that are a little higher quality.
With all the various types of hard cider, you would think they’d have a sparkling version (I’m not counting the normal cider carbonation). Well my friends, I have yet to find one, so I decided to make one instead. I wasn’t sure exactly what would make the best hard sparkling cider, and needed to research a little bit. Luckily Drizly, an online alcohol store that delivers to you in under an hour, approached me to partner with them on an alcoholic beverage. The timing could not have been better. They have a really great selection and I was able to find everything I needed.
I started with the cider. I really like Angry Orchard and I know it well, so I figured I could use that as my base. Angry Orchard is on the sweet side, and I didn’t want my Sparkling Cider to be too sweet. I decided to pair it with a dryer sparkling wine. I really love Prosecco and am especially a fan of Cupcake’s. It’s affordable and in my opinion, very tasty. You could also use a dry champagne such as a Brut. If you want a sweeter version, I would suggest making yours with a sweet sparkling wine/champagne such as an Asti Spumante.
This is the perfect fall / winter drink. It’s sparkly, cinnamon-y, apple-y, and especially great while curled up by a warm fire. Also the cinnamon stick really makes this drink. Don’t skip it!
Hard Sparkling Cider
- 6 oz prosecco or dry champagne (brut)
- 6 oz Hard Cider
- three thin apple slices
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Pour the prosecco in a 12 oz glass.
- When the bubbles have gone down, add the hard cider.
- Lay your apple slices in to the drink.
- Top with the cinnamon stick.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Drizly. All opinions are my own.