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A simple seasonal twist on a popular rum cocktail – this Apple Cider Dark & Stormy replaces the ginger beer with autumn apple goodness.
Raise your hand if you’ve had to crank down your air conditioner just to get yourself in fall mode.
You know both of mine are waaaaay up. Story of this Florida girl’s life.
From what I’m seeing all over social media, it seems like most of you are dealing with similarly warm weather. Even you guys all the way up north!
What is the deal, Mama Nature?!? First, you hand deliver us not one, not two, but three nasty hurricanes…and now you can’t even start easing us into cooler weather?! Just a little???
Thank goodness fall cocktails by the pool do the trick.
JUST TAKE ME TO THE APPLE CIDER DARK AND STORMY ALREADY!
If you’d rather skip my (pretty darn helpful) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this deliciously easy cocktail recipe, just scroll right on down to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card!
So, the Dark & Stormy. Talk about the cocktail love of my life.
Next to a Moscow Mule, it’s one of my very favorite drinks to enjoy all year long. There’s just something very cozy and comforting about ginger beer. If you could plop a cocktail in the comfort food category, it would totally be there – for me, anyway.
This love probably goes back to my love of non-alcoholic ginger ale, since Nana used it as a cure-all whenever I got sick.
At this point, as an adult, I’m convinced it’s mostly a placebo. I do know that ginger has natural healing properties, so whether it’s for an upset stomach or to soothe a sore throat, it’s always been a go-to for me. Placebo or not.
This is not your standard Dark & Stormy, though.
Ginger is very much a fall flavor, but I thought it might be fun to shake it up for Apple Week and toss a little cider in the mix.
I tried this with both ginger beer and hard apple cider while I was recipe testing.
I preferred it with ginger beer (obvs), but if it’s not your thing – I promise, the hard cider with make your autumn-craving tastebuds just as happy!
Cheers to fall…even if it hasn’t shown up for the party yet.
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Apple Cider Dark & Stormy
- 3 ounces apple cider
- 3 ounces hard apple cider beer or ginger beer
- 2 ounces dark rum
- Apple wedges for garnish
- Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in apple cider, then hard cider (or ginger beer), then float rum on top. Garnish with an apple wedge and a fun straw, if you're feeling fancy.
Still thirsty for more creative cocktails? How about a couple apps that would pair well with this drink?
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Apfelstrudel Recipe (Apple Strudel from Scratch) from House of Nash Eats
Apple and Onion Cornbread from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Apple Butter Cheesecake from The Redhead Baker
Apple Chicken Stew from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Apple Cider Dark & Stormy from The Crumby Kitchen
Apple Mincemeat Pie from Palatable Pastime
Apple Pie Bread from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Apple Pie Pancakes from 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
Apple Praline Bread from Family Around the Table
Apple Stuffing Crusted Pork Chops from Caroline’s Cooking
Apple Walnut Bars from The Chef Next Door
Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts from Jonesin’ for Taste
Battered Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices from The Freshman Cook
Caramel Apple Pull Apart Bread from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Caramel Apple Walnut Bread from Dad What’s 4 Dinner
Cinnamon Apple Donuts from Daily Dish Recipes
Diminutive Caramel Apples from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Easy Caramel Apple Butter from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Fast and Easy Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Dip from Cooking With Carlee
Mom’s Apple Cake from Books n’ Cooks
Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins from Amy’s Cooking Adventures
PB Apple Butter Muffins from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Roasted Butternut Squash and Apples from Simple and Savory
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples from Feeding Big
Savory Apple Turkey Brie Galette from Bear & Bug Eats
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