Thirsty Thursdays: Fizzy Ginger Hard Apple Cider

December 6, 2012

Ginger hard apple cider is a festive holiday punch.  Ginger flavored liquor is combined with bourbon and hard apple cider.  The recipe calls for aromatic bitters, I suggest using a fruity flavor like bitter orange.  To keep the punch cold, nestle it in a bed of ice or freeze slices of fruit to act as ice cubes.  This punch will definitely be a hit at your holiday party.

Ginger Hard Apple Cider


1/2 cup bourbon or brandy
3/4 cup ginger-flavored liqueur
1/4 cup clear orange-flavored liqueur
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
Several dashes aromatic bitters
4 bottles (12 oz each) hard apple cider, chilled
Ice chunks or ice cubes, if desired
Red apple slices


  1. In pitcher or punch bowl, mix bourbon, liqueurs, maple syrup and bitters. Slowly add hard cider.
  2. Carefully add ice. Garnish with apple slices.

Makes 12 servings (2/3 cup each)

Recipe Courtesy of Betty Crocker

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