Make This: Late Summer Cider Cocktail

The sticky humidity of August can only be combated with air conditioning and a battalion of cold comestibles at the ready. We’re talking popsicles, gazpacho, watermelon and anything else that can be easily grabbed from the fridge or freezer and requires no use of the oven or stove.

Of course, a sixer or two of Jack’s Hard Cider should be on that list as well. Each crisp, dry sip is like biting into an ice-cold apple—only better, because bubbles are paramount to refreshment.

Cocktails might also be on your personal beat-the-heat cheat sheet, which makes a certain amount of sense. Even imagining the sound of ice cubes clinking against a glass brings our internal temp down a degree or two. And a little extra kick of booze comes in handy to ease the too-hot-to-move blues. But all too often, cocktails require a lot of work: cutting fruit, zesting citrus, making syrups, muddling, shaking, straining and so on. That may be all well and good on a breezy fall day, but we think summer cocktails should be simple and unfussy, putting as few steps as possible between you and the first frosty sip.

This ingenious, late-summer cider cocktail is the perfect example. Devised by our Georgia sales rep Mary MacRae (being a Southerner, she knows a thing or two about summer survival), this drink takes minimal effort for maximum enjoyment. It pairs the really lovely floral notes of Cathead Honeysuckle vodka with the balanced, smooth sweetness of Jack’s Pear Cider for a very chill, very drinkable beverage. Try it for yourself and see if you don’t find yourself wishing summer would stick around just a little longer.

Jack’s Hard Cider Late Summer Cocktail

(Serves 2)


  • Ice
  • Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka
  • 2 cans of Jack’s Hard Cider Pear Cider, chilled


  1. Fill two pint glasses to the top with ice.
  2. Pour 1–2 ounces of the honeysuckle vodka over the ice.
  3. Fill the glasses to the top with Jack’s Pear Cider.
  4. Mix gently with a straw, and sip away!

Jack’s Hard Cider — Produced from Pennsylvania Apples. Pressed On-Site. Never from Concentrate.

Emily Kovach

Photos, top to bottom: Pexels, Anna Miron, Mary MacRae