Fresh apple cider—especially the unpasteurized and unfiltered stuff you can find at farmers’ markets and orchards this time of year—combines wonderfully with all kinds of spirits. Try it with bourbon, spiced or golden rum, blended whiskey, or gin. A few dashes of added bitters are a nice contrast with the sweetness of the cider, and a float of hard cider gives an elegant touch. For a highball over ice, use about 2 parts liquor to 5 parts cider; for a cocktail, 1 part liquor to 2 parts cider.
skokefoe offers a recipe for the Devonia:
1 1/2 ounces gin
3 ounces apple cider
4 dashes orange bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
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