Cocktail of The Month: Cider Sangria

Freya Moss, October 4, 2017 12:25 pm

Cider Sangria Cocktail

This week is just flying by – it’s half over already! After a bit of a break the blog is back, and with the cocktail of the month for September. At the end of each month we’ll now be posting the Rota cocktail of the month – apologies for the slight lateness of this one, but hey, that just means two features in October for double the inspiration! 


Hard Apple Cider Sangria


November has been a busy month here at Rota – new app, new team members (more on that soon…) and now, a new office! We thought it’d be a good time to bring back the blog with September’s cocktail of the month: hard cider sangria.


Hard cider isn’t a term you’ll hear often here in England – it’s much more common across the pond. Cider in North America is actually apple juice, so what we call cider ends up as “hard cider” in the US – you might also come across things like “hard milkshakes” and “hard lemonade”, which means these are alcoholic so definitely not for children!


This autumnal concoction looks like it takes a lot of effort to make, but is much simpler than the picture suggests! The most labour-intensive part? Slicing those delicious apples (pro tip: a mandoline slicer will make short work of this, or for a more rustic approach, leave the apples as larger chunks).




For 4 glasses, you’ll need:
– Roughly 225g quartered and thinly sliced apples (unpeeled, and for the best effect, pick different coloured apples)
– 1 orange, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise (again unpeeled)
– 230 ml of cold apple juice
– 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
– 2-4 shots (50-100 ml) of brandy (preferably apple brandy)
– 650 ml of apple cider


Combine the apples, orange, apple juice, lemon juice, and brandy, in a pitcher and mix to combine. Add the cider to the pitcher just before serving, and pour over ice into tall glasses, or neat in an old-fashioned glass.


And there you have it! If you want to get creative and add some extra autumn flavours to it, before adding everything to the pitcher, try the following:


– Add 230ml of water to a saucepan, and bring it to the boil
– Stir in a small amount (no more than a few tablespoons) of sugar, and stir until dissolved
– Add a cinnamon stick to the pan and turn the heat down as low as possible


We hope you enjoy it! This is a new one for our mixologists, so sadly we don’t have any Rota variations this time, but we’ll get to experimenting (and tasting!) asap – in the meantime we’d love to see your variations on our Facebook page!


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