Sunday, December 23, 2012

What I Love: Ginger Hard Apple Cider

Happy Holidays!
Here is how to make this Fruity, Sparkly, & Bubbly cocktail that's perfect for entertaining!

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes
Makes: 12 servings

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

In pitcher or punch bowl, mix bourbon, liqueurs, maple syrup and bitters. Slowly add hard cider.
Carefully add ice. Garnish with apple slices.
Makes 12 servings (2/3 cup each)

Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens:
Ginger-flavored liqueur is a sweetened spirit flavored with ginger. It can be found at specialty liquor stores.
Bourbon is an American corn-based whiskey while brandy is a liquor distilled from wine or other fermented fruit juice. Either works great in this recipe, so use your favorite!
Regular ice cubes are great for individual drinks but melt so quickly that they tend to water down large punch-sized drinks. Avoid watered-down punch by using large chunks of ice or, nesting the punch bowl or pitcher in a larger bowl of ice.
Cider is just pressed from fruit, most often apples. The fresh juice is called sweet cider; fermented juice is called hard cider. For this recipe, we used hard cider found in most liquor stores.

Nutrition Information:
1 Serving (1 Serving)Calories 150(Calories from Fat 0),Total Fat 0g(Saturated Fat 0g,Trans Fat 0g),Cholesterol 0mg;Sodium 5mg;Total Carbohydrate 18g(Dietary Fiber 0g,Sugars 12g),Protein 0g;Percent Daily Value*:Exchanges:0 Starch;0 Fruit;0 Other Carbohydrate;0 Skim Milk;0 Low-Fat Milk;0 Milk;0 Vegetable;0 Very Lean Meat;0 Lean Meat;0 High-Fat Meat;0 Fat;Carbohydrate Choices:1;*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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