Apple Cider Stars in These Sweet and Savory Fall Recipes
There’s no better way to celebrate the fall than with a warm mug of spiced apple cider (or, for the adults, spiked apple cider). This autumnal beverage can be made at home by combining a few simple ingredients on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. We always keep a jar of our homemade spiced cider mix on hand—not only does it come in handy on cold fall days, but it’s also a great last-minute hostess gift. But let’s face it: more often than not, we’re buying our cider in liters at the local apple orchard, pumpkin patch, or grocery store.
But cider doesn’t just make a great seasonal drink. This fall, experiment with using cider in the kitchen to bring a bit of spice and sweetness to your favorite recipes. Cider is starring in some of our beloved fall desserts—did someone say apple cider doughnuts?—but you can find the drink in savory recipes, often paired with pork. Apple cider is the drink of the season, and we’re celebrating with a diverse collection of recipes that incorporate the sweet beverage. From casseroles to cocktails, toast to the season with these creative recipes.
Recipe: Easy Apple Butter
Distill all that lovely seasonal apple flavor into a spreadable, spoonable topping. You can spread this apple butter on toast, cookies, or just about anything.
Acadian Syrup Cake with Roasted Pears and Caramel Sauce
This vintage spice cake is served with Roasted Pears that have been soaked and stewed in apple cider. It'll make a stunning addition to any fall tablescape.
Hard Cider-Braised Pork
Recipe: Hard-Cider Braised Pork
Put a kick in your weeknight dinner by braising your pork in hard apple cider. Served over rice or noodles, this unique dish is sure to please any guests.
Bourbon Apple Cider Thyme Punch
Recipe: Bourbon Apple Cider Thyme Punch
Use those fresh fall herbs before the garden frosts over.
Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Pork Strata
Cider adds a splash of sweetness to this fan-favorite savory breakfast casserole. With onions, spinach, and pork, you really can't go wrong.
Spiced Hard Cider Fizz
Recipe: Spiced Hard Cider Fizz
A spiced simple syrup elevates this cocktail to a professional level (at least, that's what all your friends will be saying).
Sliced Pork Chops with Brown Butter-Golden Raisin Relish
Brown butter, golden raisins, and apple cider form a complex, sweet-and-savory relish that pairs beautifully with simple pork chops.
Whiskey-Apple Cider Punch
Recipe: Whiskey-Apple Cider Punch
Whiskey and apple cider go together like peanut butter and jelly. Plus, this cocktail can be made big-batch for your seasonal soirées.
Pork-and-Shaved Vegetable Salad
Recipe: Pork-and-Shaved Vegetable Salad
Eat the rainbow with this colorful salad. It can be served as a hearty side or a main dish.
Bourbon and Hard Pear Cider Cocktail
Who said cider could only be made from apples? This recipe makes use of hard pear cider to match the bold bourbon flavors.
Apple Fritters with Salted Caramel Sauce
Pillowy, fruity dough drizzled in salted caramel may be the stuff of dreams, but we're bringing it to life with this recipe. These Apple Fritters are certainly dreamy.
Recipe: Sorghum-Cider Punch
You'll want to use hard cider and apple juice in this extra-seasonal party punch.
Recipe: Cranberry-Apple-Ginger Salad
If you're looking for a holiday side that's lower in sugar than canned cranberry sauce, try this Cranberry-Apple-Ginger Salad. It's naturally sweet from the fruit and the addition of fresh apple cider.
Sautéed Apple Crisp
Recipe: Sautéed Apple Crisp
This dessert delivers a dual approach to apple indulgence, with both fresh apples and apple cider combining into one glorious crisp. Oh, and did we mention it's ready in 10 minutes?
Orange Spiced Cider
Recipe: Orange Spiced Cider
This classic hot spiced cider is kid-friendly, but can be made adults-only with a splash of rum.
Hearty Oats and Grains
Recipe: Hearty Oats and Grains
Start your morning off right with this fueling oats and grains bowl. Apple cider adds a dash of necessary sweetness to the breakfast favorite.
Fizzy Cider Punch
Recipe: Fizzy Cider Punch
Champagne and cider marry in this punch to create the fall's version of the mimosa. This drink is ready for game day.
Recipe: Cranberry-Pecan Chutney
Cranberries and pecans? Don't knock it until you've tried it. Spread this chutney on crostini or serve alongside cheese and crackers for a photo-worthy charcuterie spread.
Mini Apple Cider Pound Cakes
Recipe: Mini Apple Cider Pound Cakes
If mini pound cakes are wrong, we don't want to be right. These cute miniature treats can be taken on-the-go. The best part? You don't have to share.
Recipe: Apple-Ale Wassail
Hot apple cider with a kick. This drink is loaded with lots of spices to create a warm, welcoming cocktail.
Apple Cider Doughnuts
Recipe: Apple Cider Doughnuts
Apple cider doughnuts may just be the snack of the season. These sweet treats are best enjoyed after a trip to the apple orchard or the pumpkin patch.