Whiskey Cider Julep

Whiskey Cider Julep Cocktail

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
233 Calories
0g Fat
33g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 233
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 61mg 304%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 261mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Irish whiskey and hard apple cider combine with mint for an interesting autumn cocktail. It's a fun drink that's like a mint julep adapted for the fall season. The intriguing taste is a little different than the average Irish whiskey cocktail, too.

Hard cider is an excellent pairing for the smooth taste of Irish whiskey. When mint and lime are added to that mix, they bring in a lighter touch and make the drink a little more refreshing.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 fresh mint leaves

  • 3 lime wedges, divided

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey

  • 3 ounces hard apple cider

  • Fresh mint sprig, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a Whiskey Cider Julep Cocktail
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  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint, 2 lime wedges, and simple syrup.

    Muddling a Whiskey Cider Julep Cocktail
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  3. Add the whiskey, fill the shaker with ice, and shake well.

    Mixing a Whiskey Cider Julep Cocktail
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  4. Fine strain through a mesh strainer into a tall glass filled with cracked ice.

    Fine Straining a Whiskey Cider Julep Cocktail
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  5. Top with hard apple cider, and garnish with the remaining lime wedge and a sprig of mint. Serve and enjoy.

    Whiskey Cider Julep Cocktail
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Recipe Variations

  • Rather than hard cider, you can pour a nonalcoholic apple cider. The drink will taste the same, but it will be a little lighter on the alcohol.
  • If you don't have simple syrup on hand, use a pinch of sugar instead.
  • Mint is a bit of an odd flavor pairing for apple. Try this same recipe with other herbs like basil, lavender, rosemary, or tarragon instead.

How Strong Is a Whiskey Cider Julep?

The whiskey cider julep is a perfectly casual cocktail that's about as strong as a glass of wine. Its average alcohol content should be in the 12 percent ABV (24 proof) range.