When we first moved to Charlottesville one of my favorite activities was to stop in one of the many local wineries and breweries for a drink. It wasn't until recently that I discovered cider... alcoholic cider. One of my friends works at Castle Hill Cider and introduced me to their Celestial variety. It tastes very similar to champagne with just a little more sweetness.
This cocktail is a spin on the classic cocktail the French 75. Using cider and apple brandy I swapped the champagne and gin for a local twist on the classic.
3 ounces apple brandy
1 ounce maple syrup
1 ounce lemon juice
6 ounces apple cider
Combine apple brandy, maple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Once chilled over, pour into two coupe glasses. Top with apple cider.