Raise a Glass to Cider Week!
It's that special time of year when New York City turns its attention to all things apple -- fermented apple, that is. In honor of Wölffer No. 139 Dry Cider, we are proud to participate in Cider Week NYC, with a compendium of cocktails made with our sparkling white and rosé cider. Follow the trail below from the East End to NYC to find out where you can find these eight tasty creations...and how you can make them at home!Shown at left: Bartender Adam Rothstein at SeamstressHot, Hot, Hot!Found at The Barracuda Bar at Montauk Yacht ClubAll Things NiceWölffer No. 139 Dry White Cider steamed with...1/2 oz fresh lemon1/2 oz homemade star anise cinnamon syrup5 dashes of homemade habanero tinctureDash of orange skin oilsBartenders Simon and Laertese at The Barracuda Bar at Montauk Yacht Club have created a steamy, spicy cocktail with Wölffer No. 139 Dry White Cider that will keep you warm this fall, from the inside out. Plum Two WaysFound at Wölffer KitchenSpiced Plum Cider CocktailAn ounce or two of unsweetened African nectar black tea (cold)Wolffer No. 139 Dry White Cider to fill the glassFresh sliced or pureed plums soaked in clove, anise, nutmeg, cinnamon and orange peelFresh ginger simple syrupMichelle Davis, Bar Manager at Wolffer Kitchen, discovered by accident that her cider-based cocktail can be made pureed or not. "Chef had processed plums so I nabbed some," she said. "I tried the recipe with the plums sliced and pureed. It's a completely different drink!" Cocktail for TwoFound at ABC CocinaEasy as ABCTriple 888 Cranberry Vodka infused with Earl Grey teaDowneast Cranberry CiderWölffer No. 139 Dry Rosé CiderPear and Ginger VermouthCranberry JuicePour over ice into a large Mason jar, serve in two smaller jars and garnish with a vanilla bean, oranges and cranberries."At ABC Cocina, seasonality is always a key ingredient," says GM and mixologist Ann Marie Del Bello. "Cranberries are in season as are apples. Plus, everything in this cocktail is local. It's easy to make...and it's very ABC!" Ooh La La!Found at CorkbuzzHighway 291 oz Greenhook Gin1 oz Orleans3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice1/4 oz simple syrupShake with ice, strain into fluteTop with Wölffer No. 139 Dry Rosé CiderGarnish with a lemon twistCorkbuzz did a riff on the classic cocktail, the French 75, and dubbed it Highway 29. Trace Conway created the drink, made by Emma Conroy. Visit this Chelsea Market cocktail bar, order this lovely drink and imagination you're in Paris! Harvest MemoryFound at The Lambs ClubApple Picking1¾ oz Calvados¾ oz Demerara Spice Syrup¾ oz Lime¾ oz Wölffer No. 139 Dry White Cider¼ oz Apple Jack¼ oz MolassesShake and strain into coupe glasses with a cinnamon sugar rim.The Lambs Club Head Bartender Garry Severin took his sons apple picking, where a woman was selling fresh-baked apple pies. "The smell was so delicious," he says. "It was the epitome of fall: the leaves changing colors, the crisp autumn sunshine. I started thinking about how I could capture that moment in a cocktail." Let Garry's combination of classic fall spices and crisp apple spirits transport you to an orchard of your own. In the Beginning...Found at Roberta'sHeavenly Jeweled Spear2 dashes Peychaud's bitters5-6 leaves fresh red shiso (grown onsite at Roberta’s!)Muddle shiso and bitters, then add:¾ oz Cocchi Americano¼ oz simple syrupAdd rocks, stir and while stirring slowly add:2 oz Wölffer No. 139 Dry Rosé CiderDouble strain over fresh rocks, garnish with a sprig of bronze fennelShiso and cider are the magic of Roberta's cider cocktail. "Shiso is bright, herbaceous and a seasonally appropriate fall-leaf crimson that, when muddled with Peychaud's and mixed with Wölffer's rosé cider, looks pretty and tastes delicious," says Head Bartender Benjamin Harrison. Named after a Japanese myth of the spear that brought forth the world, it'll rock yours! After-School SpecialFound at SeamstressThe After School Special¾ oz Applejack¼ oz Amaro Angostura½ oz Giffard Banane du BrésilBar spoon of yuzu2½ oz Wölffer No. 139 Dry Rosé CiderGarnish with fresh mintAdam Rothstein, bartender at Seamstress (shown at the top of the page), gives his cider-based cocktail creation a tropical twist with the flavors of yuzu and banana. It's better than anything your mom packed in your lunchbox! A Taste of FallFound at Madam GenevaThe Apple Sling3 oz Wölffer No. 139 Dry White Cider1½ oz Aylesbury Duck Vodka½ oz St. George Spiced Pear liqueur½ oz lemon juice½ oz ginger simple syrupPinch citrus saltGarnish with a slice of fresh appleMellie Wiersma is bar manager of Madam Geneva, the cocktail bar adjacent to Saxon + Parole. She's conjured the flavors of fall in this riff on the classic sling.