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.

Emily Nabors Hall
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Credit: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

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15 mins
4 hrs 15 mins
Serves 8 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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)

  • CALORIES 92; FAT 0g; PROTEIN 1g; CARB 23g; FIBER 0g; Sugars 21g (est. added sugars 4g); CHOL 0mg; IRON 0mg; SODIUM 19mg; CALC 6mg

Nutrition Facts

81 calories; protein 1g; carbohydrates 14g; sodium 21mg; calcium 6mg; sugars 9g; added sugar 4g.