The perfect autumn cocktail, Pumpkin Apple Cider Shandy is full of apple, pumpkin beer and a bit of spice!
This is how you Cheers during the fall!
It seems that mother nature is still holding onto summer a bit longer as this past Sunday it was in the 80’s! Mid October I should be frolicking in the leaves with my boots and scarves. Hoping she gets the message soon because this cocktail has fall written all over it.
This drink is a take on one of my favorite summer beer beverages. And no, don’t worry, I didn’t get down with these. I tasted but did not consume. A culinary school secret!
For typical shandies, it is beer mixed with some form of a beverage, such as lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale, apple juice or orange juice with a 1:1 proportions, but mix to your liking. Here in KC, we expect it to be made with a local brewers wheat beer and topped with lemonade. Right up my alley.
The base starts with apple cider which I explained my loved of our local apple cider in these cinnamon soft pretzel bites. I am still dreaming of them! It’s sweet and tastes like you are just picking an apple off the tree. Which makes this cocktail quite tasty.
Rather than the usual lemonade, I went with apple cider, which is a no-brainer this time of the year because the hubs loves fresh apple cider. And this shandy? No wheat beer today. He has stocked up on pumpkin beer and it made a light bulb go off. Pumpkin + apple = an epic fall flavor combination!
Like I mentioned above, I was not able to enjoy the alcoholic version, I swapped in club soda and added a bit of pumpkin spice seasoning. And it was a great refreshing beverage during our weekly Friday night Happy Hour!
This drink is simple to make for a crowd too because it is just a 1:1 ratio of apple cider and pumpkin beer, then a bit of fresh orange juice and then garnish with an orange slice or apple slices.
And cheers to fall!
- 3 ounces apple cider
- Juice of ½ an orange
- 3 ounces pumpkin beer
- Sliced apples and/or oranges
- Fill a glass with ice, top with apple cider and juice of the orange. Top with pumpkin beer.
- Serve immediately.
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If you make this recipe, make sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #WITHSALTANDWIT. I’d love to see what you are cooking up in your kitchen!