Welcome to our Whole Life Challenge-compliant cocktail series from professional bartender Jenna Gruttadauria. Jenna practiced mixology at some of the most well-known bars and clubs in New York City before joining the Whole Life Challenge team. Now, she enjoys using her knowledge to make healthier versions of classic cocktails.
Who doesn’t love apple cider in the fall? It brings me back to my younger days of playing in leaves and carving pumpkins. But, now I’m a grownup.
So, I’ve created an adult version of this classic childhood drink that will have you wishing for sweater weather to come sooner. In this recipe, you’ll learn to make both the cider and the “adult” cocktail, so you’ll actually be creating something the whole family can enjoy.
Low-Calorie Cider Cocktail for Grown-ups
I’ve created an adult version of this classic childhood drink that will have you wishing for sweater weather to come sooner. In this recipe, you’ll learn to make both the cider and the “adult” cocktail, so you’ll actually be creating something the whole family can enjoy.
- 8-10 apples
- 4 pears
- 1/3 cup powdered stevia
- 6 tablespoons allspice
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 2 ounces whiskey
- 1/4 oz lemon juice
- Soda water
Quarter the apples and pears and place in a large pot.
Fill the pot with water so the water line is just above the fruit.
Add stevia, allspice, and cinnamon
Bring to a boil and cook uncovered on high for an hour, checking often.
Turn heat down and let simmer, covered, for 2 more hours.
Allow to cool, then smash up your fruit to a pulp-like consistency.
Pour this mixture through a mesh strainer into a large bowl or pitcher.
Wrap the remaining pulp in two layers of cheesecloth and hold it over your bowl or pitcher. Squeeze the cheesecloth until no more juice comes out.
Measure 4 ounces of your cider.
Combine 2 ounces of whiskey, 4 ounces of cider, and lemon juice in a glass.
Add ice, fill glass with 2 ounces of soda water, and stir.
You can sprinkle your cocktail with cinnamon or add cinnamon sticks and an apple slice for garnish.
Note: We are not saying that alcohol is “healthy” to consume. (More on that here.) We are acknowledging that there are times we inevitably make the choice to imbibe (and we include ourselves in that “we”), and that there are better and worse ways to go about drinking alcohol when it comes to our health. Our goal is to empower you with lower-sugar, lower-calorie, still-fabulous recipes for these times.