Drink of the Week: Fall into the new season with honey cider beer cocktails

Honey cider-beer cocktails, the first fall-inspired drink of the season. (Megan Krementowski/The Daily Campus)

For the first fall-inspired drink of the season, I decided to make honey cider-beer cocktails. This drink takes about four hours of preparation but only about 15 minutes of actual mixing, serving eight people. For our underage readers, replace pale ale with sparkling cider.

Ingredients include:

  • one and a half cups of apple cider
  • one-fourth cup of honey
  • three cups of seltzer water, chilled
  • one-fourth cup of fresh lemon juice
  • two (12 ounce) bottles of pale ale beer, chilled
  • one Gala apple, cored, thinly sliced and divided

Combine the cider and honey into a small saucepan over medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes or until reduced to about one cup. Remove the pan from heat, then cool the mixture to room temperature. Cover and chill for four hours or overnight. After the liquid is cooled, pour the cider mixture into a large pitcher. Add seltzer, lemon juice and beer to the pitcher. Stir in the apple slices, then serve over ice and garnish with any remaining apple slices.  

(inspired by Cooking Light)

Megan Krementowski is associate life editor for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at megan.krementowski@uconn.edu.