A Fabulous Fall Drink Idea From Bakingdom.com~ Sparkling Spiced Apple Cider

I seriously love this drink, you guys. It tastes just like mulled cider, except better. I’ve never been a spiced cider fan…something about hot apple cider just didn’t do it for me, but this stuff is fantastic. I love it chilled and the bubbles from the sparkling cider make it something special.
We’re talking mulled cider here, so expect this to be sweet…good and sweet, but also spicy, and a touch tart…and completely perfect.
Do you ever create something and think, “Well, this might be pretty good. We’ll see,” then you finish it and view/try on/taste it and you’re all like, “Holy wow! Did I really just make this up all by myself? Cause it’s flipping wonderful!” Yeah? You do that, too? That’s what happened here.
I made this on a whim; whipped it up from guesstimates and sounds-good-to-me’s…and it’s abso-freaking-lutely delicious.
I love it when that happens.
And if you go make this, now, you will, too.
Go. Make. Enjoy!
Sparkling Spiced Cider
Makes 4 servings
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
16 shots or 24 ounces chilled sparkling cider
Combine the sugar, orange juice, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves in a small saucepan set over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is the consistency of syrup. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Allow to cool completely.
Use the syrup to rim 4 glasses, then dip the glasses into a sugar mixture (sanding sugar or cinnamon-sugar).
Add 1 shot of the syrup to each glass. Stir in 1 shot of vodka, then add 4 shots of sparkling cider per glass. Stir gently and serve.
For a stronger drink, increase the vodka to 2 shots per glass, and reduce the cider to 3 shots.
Recipe by Darla
Recipe shared from: www.bakingdom.com