A seasonal twist on a classic Italian spritz cocktail, made with hard apple cider, homemade ginger syrup and a splash of sparkling wine.
Have you tried hard apple cider lately? Crafted alcoholic cider is having a revival — I think that up until a few years ago, most hard ciders were similar to sweet, alcoholic soft drinks than the nuanced refreshers on the market now.
My favorite hard ciders are generally made by small, regional producers in a crisp, dry style. They’re lightly bubbly and taste like a cross between Belgian-style ale and sparkling wine, only hard cider is lower in alcohol than wine and more delicate than beer. Next time you visit your local liquor store, wander by the craft beer section, which is usually where you’ll find hard cider, either packaged in bottles or cans.
In a twist on a classic Italian spritz, this cocktail combines hard apple cider with a citrusy homemade ginger syrup, Campari and a splash of sparkling wine. It makes a festive blush-colored cocktail garnished with ruby pomegranate seeds, one that seems to capture the essence of the fall and winter season.
Jayme at Holly and Flora inspired the elements of this drink recipe. Check out her beautiful blog, which is full of seasonal, garden-to-glass cocktail inspo.
hard apple cider spritz with ginger and pomegranate
Yield 1 drink
The ginger syrup keeps in the refrigerator for a couple weeks — try adding it to plain sparkling water for a delicious flavored soda.
To make a party batch of drinks, multiply the syrup, cider and Campari by the number of desired servings and combine in a pitcher. Pour the mix over ice when ready to serve, then top off with the sparkling wine.
- 1 ounce Campari or Aperol
- 1 ounce Ginger Syrup
- 4 - 6 ounces chilled hard apple cider
- Fresh pomegranate seeds
- Sparkling wine or Prosecco
- 1/2 cup unpeeled ginger root, roughly chopped
- Juice of 2 lemons
- Juice of 1 orange
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup cane sugar
Make the Ginger Syrup:
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Simmer 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and cool completely.
- Strain the syrup into a glass container and store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
For one drink:
- Fill a glass with ice cubes.
- Add the Campari and ginger syrup. Pour in enough hard cider to fill the glass by 2/3. Stir with a spoon to combine.
- Put a few pomegranate seeds in the glass, then top off with the sparkling wine.