Hard cider is my jam lately. Not my actual jam (that would be this bourbon peach jam. Hello, beautiful.)—you know what I mean. When I had to cut out gluten, there was a big, craft-beer-shaped hole in my heart, but soon I discovered the joy of craft hard cider, and I was hooked! There are so many interesting and varied tastes in the world of hard cider, and it makes me so happy that my local Meijer store has a great selection for me to chose from. This twist on a mimosa uses Blake’s WakeFire Hard Cider, which is one of my favorite ciders on the block! It’s a traditional hard cider that is infused with cherries and orange peels, and wowzers, does it make a great base for a cocktail!
I combined WakeFire with cranberry juice, cranberry kombucha, and some frozen cranberries for a fun and festive cocktail that would work just as well for holiday parties as it would for fall sipping! This drink is bubbly, fruity, and not-too-sweet. I personally used 100% cranberry juice here, which is tart, but balances with the sweetness of the hard cider beautifully. If you want a sweeter drink, pick up some 100% juice cranberry cocktail—which is usually cranberry juice mixed with a bit of apple or grape juices for sweetness.