‘Tis the season for hosting holiday gatherings. The kitchen enthusiast in me loves it. The introvert in me that is wickedly Type A loathes it. Ha!
However, where there is a will, there is a way. My will? To serve an easy drink. The way? Keep it simple!
In a season full of cocktails, many folks abstain from alcohol for a myriad of reasons. Ain’t nothing wrong with some flavorful effervescent mocktails! Apple cider mixed with champagne sure makes a killer cocktail – a nice Apple Cider Mimosa, if you will – but a top-notch ginger ale makes a wonderful substitute in this case, adding a lightly spicy kick to an already tangy cider.
These two drinks combine effortlessly make something festive that captures the late autumn / early winter holiday feeling in the air. The cider makes you think of the crisp chill, and the ginger and cinnamon-sugar add a nice warmth of flavor. Honestly, you’ll spend more time dipping the rims of your glasses in the cinnamon-sugar than mixing the cider and ginger ale together!
Speaking of glasses, it’s really nice to have good disposable glassware on hand for when I have friends over. I only have so many actual glasses in my cabinet – and goodness knows I don’t have a single champagne flute to my name. Ha! – but I certainly feel guilty buying too many cheap plastic cups when the total of my company exceeds the total of my glassware. (Sorry, Planet Earth!) However, with these wonderful Tossware Champagne Flutes, which are made from recyclable BPA-free PET / rPET polymer, I can rest a little easier knowing I won’t be adding another needless pile to a landfill at the end of the night. I can simply sit back and enjoy a drink or two or five. 😉
NOTE: The fine folks at Tossware generously furnished me with their eco-friendly champagne flutes for this post. Thank you! Please be sure to visit their site and learn more about this wonderful company.
– 2 tablespoons white sugar (optional)
– 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (optional)
– 1 cup apple cider
– 1 liter ginger ale (I used Q Ginger Ale)
– Whole rinsed cranberries, for garnish (optional)
Before We Get Started…
– The addition of cinnamon-sugar to the rims is optional, but it’s oh-so pretty!
1.) If decorating rims: In a small shallow bowl or on a small plate, combine sugar and cinnamon. Wet the rims of the champagne flutes, then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture.
2.) Fill champagne flutes 1/4 full with apple cider, then top off with ginger ale.
3.) Garnish with cranberries, if desired. Serve immediately!