Each season I try to come up with an easy cocktail recipe that I can 1. Make really fast (#entertaining), and 2. Keep all the ingredients on hand all season long. Because there's nothing more bummin' than having surprise guests and having to be like, "Can I offer you a…water?" because you realized mid-sentence that you have nothing fun in your fridge. Ugh!
This cocktail is an EASY mix of two of my faves—whiskey lemonade and whiskey apple cider. I really love having a pot of hot apple cider simmering (and then you just add a shot of whiskey when you serve) for parties. So this is kind of a little of both. Fresh and tart and sweet and spiced. I hope you like it!!
1 part lemonade
1 part apple cider
1.5 ounces whiskey
a pinch of cinnamon
Combine in a shaker with ice, shake and serve! Use some orange slices and cinnamon sticks to garnish if you want to win the hostess with the mostest award.
Note: The better your lemonade and cider, the better your drink will be! I like a very tart lemonade and a cider with a lot of spice. If you can't find a cider with a lot of spice, you can always simmer it with some spiced tea bags to make it more flavorful—it's a whole extra step, but sometimes good cider is hard to find. Whatever you do, don't use plain apple juice! Too weak. If you do that, then at least add a bunch of cinnamon, OK? I'm only telling you all this because I love you.
For you weirdos who hate whiskey, try dark rum instead.
ps. I forgot to mention, this makes an excellent mocktail as well. Just omit the whiskey and you're good. It's like an Arnold Palmer for AUTUMN!
Credits// Author and Photography: Helen Larson.