Frugal Foodie Mama: Apple Cider Mojitos

Friday, November 11, 2022

Apple Cider Mojitos

 A classic summertime cocktail gets a delicious autumn makeover with the addition of apple cider in these crisp and refreshing Apple Cider Mojitos...

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Okay. I know, I know.... Mojitos are cocktails that are usually associated with summertime, and backyard BBQ's, and beach vacations. Not with fall time or apple season.

But hear me out, you all.... It works. The white rum with your favorite apple cider and a little fresh mint and lime really works. Even I was surprised by how delicious this autumn twist on a classic mojito turned out.

Now, I can't take all the credit for coming up with this cocktail idea. I actually tried an apple cider mojito at a local brewery a couple months ago, and I knew I had to try to recreate it at home. 

Last month, we went apple picking while my sister and my best friend from West Virginia were visiting us at our new home in Erie, Pennsylvania. When I spied the fresh pressed apple cider at the local apple orchard we stopped at, I picked up a half gallon to bring home just to test out my new fall cocktail idea. I am a firm believer that the best cocktails start with the freshest ingredients.

You won't need a lot of fancy bar equipment to make this cocktail at home, but you will need a couple of things:

And that's pretty much it! Don't worry about buying the most fancy or expensive cocktail shaker and muddler. Even the more affordable sets will get the job done.

(You can check out my post on my top 10 recommended budget-friendly home bar essentials by CLICKING HERE.)

Traditional mojito recipes usually call for simple sugar as a sweetener, but since the apple cider already adds enough sweetness to this cocktail I opted to not add any. 

Of course, if you would prefer your mojito just a little sweeter, feel free to add in a splash of simple syrup or a little drizzle of honey or maple syrup before giving the cocktail shaker a shake. 

You may be wondering we even bother to muddle the lime wedges and fresh mint before shaking this cocktail. There are a few of reasons for that actually:

  1. It helps release the oils from the mint leaves.
  2. It allows more of the fresh lime juice to be released into the cocktail.
  3. Muddling helps these oils and the juice to better bind with the rum, making for a more cohesive and smooth-tasting mojito. 

If you have been looking for the perfect cocktail to serve at your upcoming Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving dinner, then this Apple Cider Mojito is sure to please even your most discerning dinner guests. 

The sweetness of the apple cider is cut perfectly by the tartness of the lime juice. And the fresh mint gives this cocktail a balanced burst of freshness.