behind the bar

behind the bar: anna baer’s whiskey cider

by Ryan and Alissa Walker

Despite the fact that I am sitting in Mexico on a balcony overlooking the Pacific wearing a t-shirt and bathing suit while sipping a margarita, my heart and soul are back on the East Coast, where I imagine everyone is enjoying perfectly crisp fall weather. Don’t get me wrong; I am in no way complaining about being in Mexico (I really love fish tacos), but I simply adore everything about fall and am terribly afraid I’m going to miss it in its entirety. Luckily for me (and for all of you), we have a perfect fall-time libation from the wonderfully sweet Anna Baer. We hope you enjoy! — Ryan + Alissa

Read more about the recipe and its creator after the jump!

Here in Heidelberg, Germany, it is getting frosty in the mornings and evenings. It is not quite the time for “Glühwein” (mulled wine) and Christmas markets yet. However, as the last of the apples are picked and yellow leaves are falling, it is the most perfect of times for warm cocktails to steam from between chilly hands.

Why Whiskey Cider?

I chose to share this recipe not only because I am a huge Irish Whiskey fan but also because I love hot cocktails. They have an old-timey and cozy charm about them. I have made this recipe with Irish Whiskey only because it is my favorite of all the whiskeys. If you are a Scotch or Bourbon person, you may use them as substitutes; however, I recommend Jameson Irish Whiskey. If you are like me, you may not have a proper cocktail measure or much of a minibar. We will make do with what we have or can easily find at the grocery and liquor store.

Makes 3 servings

  • 3 cups of apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 shots (a bit more than half a cup) of Irish Whiskey
  • 3 cinnamon sticks



Heat apple juice and spices in a pot on the stove. Once hot (close to boiling), remove from heat, give the juice a stir and let the spices infuse. The spices may appear to be clumping at the start, but after cooling for 5 minutes, they will settle to the bottom of the mix. Add whiskey and reheat to serve.

Sliced apples make a beautiful garnish to polish off this cocktail. (Tip: To keep sliced apples from browning, coat them with a little bit of lemon or lime juice.)

Anna Baer is a Germany-based blogger and vintage shop owner. She lives in a tiny, 30 meter square apartment with her musician husband, Dominik (and her dress-form, Hilda). Her shop is full of lovely vintage clothes and housewares. Olive Green Anna (her blog) features real-life adventures across the globe, the inside scoop on vintage vending online and at expos and posts about other artists. Her aim is to encourage living a creative lifestyle. Both Anna and Dominik are teachers by day and artists by night.

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  • Love the mood in her photos and think I might need to make this tonight! The husband has a terrible cold and I’m sure it would help us both feel better.

  • What perfect timing, I just bought a bottle of Jameson today to cook with over the weekend! I know what drink I’ll be making on Saturday night.

  • Just last weekend, my husband was out of town, it was a chilly (by Southern California standards) night and I just wanted something warm to cozy up with. I heated up some Trader Joes spiced Cider and added (my favorite) Makers Mark to it. I thought I was being sooo clever ;) Great minds think alike!

  • For a bit more sweetness (or as an option for those who would prefer it to whiskey, bourbon, etc), try adding Caramel or Butterscotch Schnapps. I also like adding some cloves in with the other spices.
    Good call on the Jameson – I had previously tried a similar recipe with Southern Comfort (also good, but I think the Jameson is better).

  • I am such a cider lover. Adding whiskey to it just sounds like the cherry on the sundae. Sounds like an amazing warm drink while reading a book next to the fire! Delicious!

  • What a lovely-sounding existence. I’m making this tonight and thinking about Berlin in the fall!