Irish whiskey and hard apple cider combine with mint for an interesting autumn cocktail. You can think of the Tully 10 cider recipe as a mint julep adapted for the fall season. It offers an intriguing taste that's a little different than the average Irish whiskey cocktail, too.
This recipe came from Tullamore D.E.W. (nicknamed "Tully") and was intended to feature the brand's 10-year-old Irish whiskey. That expression is no longer in the portfolio, though the standard bottle with that familiar green label is an excellent substitute. Or, you can try it with their 12-Year-Old Special Reserve.
Keeping with the Irish spirit, the recipe includes Magners Apple Cider as well. It's a great tasting hard cider and an excellent pairing for the whiskey. When mint and lime are added to that mix, they bring in a lighter touch and make the drink a little more refreshing.
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker, place the mint and simple syrup.
Muddle well to release the oil and aroma of the mint.
Add the whiskey, apple cider, and lime juice.
Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
Strain into a tall glass filled with fresh ice.
Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Serve and enjoy!
- Stick with the recommendation of two mint leaves. The herb can easily overpower this cocktail and is meant to simply accent the other flavors, not dominate the drink.
- Squeeze the juice of one lime directly into the shaker. It should be the perfect amount since the average lime yield just over 1/2 ounce of juice.
- You can buy simple syrup at most liquor stores; it's typically in the mixer section. However, you can save money by making simple syrup at home. It's incredibly simple and all you need is sugar and water.
- 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. Add the lime juice to the muddle and mix until the sugar is dissolved.
- 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 Tully 10 Cider?
The Tully 10 cider is a perfectly casual cocktail that's not much stronger than a glass of wine. Its average alcohol content should be in the 15 percent ABV (30 proof) range.