Cinnamon Cider {Thirsty Thursday}

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I gotta say -- this is my  new favorite drink.

Apple-anything becomes a way of life around here in Vermont, so cider is the fall beverage of choice (so, uh, move over pumpkin beer).

Putting whiskey in hard cider is already "a thing," but I'm pretty sure that cinnamon goes better on top of apple pie than Jack Daniels (debatable, I know).

You could achieve a similar effect by just adding some cinnamon extract to your cider, but the cinnamon whiskey is way more fun. Because I like a little alcohol with my alcohol.

Woodchuck Local Nectar

First, this cider. And I'll start by being completely honest here: I am a Citizen Cider gal. Love the varieties, the flavor profiles, and I'm a sucker for great packaging (so sue me?).

When Woodchuck came out with a new cider that was made completely with local, Vermont apples I had to try it. And I was so not disappointed. Why? Because it's on the dry side. Wasn't too sweet at all. Love that in a cider. If the powers-that-be at Woodchuck are listening -- more of that! More local batches, and dry varieties!

Local Nectar also comes in those sweet 16 oz. cans, and has an ABV of 6.9% (can I get a hell yeah?).

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I had my doubts -- I was worried that the whiskey wouldn't be cinnamon-y enough, or that you wouldn't be able to taste the cinnamon over the cider. One sip later..."uh, okay, this is damn good." It's as if it came out of the bottle as a cinnamon cider to begin with.

This drink is super easy, and would be a lovely little cocktail to make for any of your fall-time friendly gatherings. Dress it up with some apple slices, a cinnamon stick (even cinnamon sugar on the rim!) and you're ready to impress your guests!

It's Thursday, drink up y'all!

Cinnamon Hard Cider
Recipe Type: Libations
Author: vermodern
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Ingredients
  • <em>Woodchuck</em> Local Nectar hard cider
  • Cinnamon Whiskey (good quality)
  • Apple Slices
  • Cinnamon Stick
Instructions
  1. Over ice, pour one shot of cinnamon whiskey
  2. Add <em>Woodchuck</em> Local Nectar hard cider
  3. Enjoy with apple slices and a cinnamon stick
  4. Extra Fancy? Put cinnamon sugar around the rim!

These samples were generously sent to me from Woodchuck. As always, all content and opinions are my own!