The cider-honey base of this fall beverage makes enough for both adult and kid twists: one with pale ale, the other with sparkling cider. Beer and cider are refreshing and lower in sugar and alcohol than stronger potions, which tend to go down a bit too easily.
1 1/2 cups apple cider
1/4 cup honey
3 cups seltzer water, chilled
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 (12-oz.) bottles pale ale-style beer, chilled
1 Gala apple, cored, thinly sliced crosswise, and divided
Est. added sugars 4g
How to Make It
Combine cider and honey in a small saucepan over medium-high; bring to a simmer. Cook 10 minutes or until reduced to about 1 cup, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat; cool to room temperature. Cover and chill 4 hours or overnight.
Place 1/2 cup cider mixture in a large pitcher (reserve remaining 1/2 cup for Honey Cider Cocktails). Add seltzer, lemon juice, and beer to pitcher, stirring to combine. Stir in half of apple slices. Serve over ice; garnish with remaining apple slices.
Honey Cider Cocktails (Kid-Friendly Variation): Place remaining 1/2 cup cider mixture in a large pitcher. Add 3 cups chilled seltzer water, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3 cups chilled sparkling apple cider, and 1 sliced Gala apple, stirring to combine. Serve over ice. Serves 8 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)