This year at Franklin County CiderDays, cider cocktail recipe book author Darlene Hayes will be hosting a Friday, November 4, evening cocktail class that is intended to introduce attendees to the idea of using cider in cocktails. Cider cocktails have a long history in this country, and as cocktails in general have become more popular, there are any number of mixologists who are adding cider as one of their many potential ingredients.
The cocktail session will sample a range from historic cider-using cocktails and re-interpretations of non-cider-containing classics to at least one cocktail that doesn’t contain an abundance of distilled alcohol to demonstrate that attendees can make a lively and refreshing cider cocktail without a whole bunch of booze.
Darlene will highlight local ciders and local spirits as much as possible. One of the cocktails sure to make an appearance is the Stone Fence, one with a great history that’s well suited to using local New England ingredients. Another cocktail created for the evening honors John Philip Hill, a 1920s Congressman who tried to get an exception for low alcohol beer carved out of the Volstead Act by making a large batch of cider that he advertised he would be giving away at a huge party at his house. He got arrested for it (although it took him two tries), went to trial and was acquitted because the jury found the cider to be “non-intoxicating in fact.”
The event will include a bit of drinking, a bit of storytelling and much insightful enlightenment around using cider in a way that is both classic and contemporary.
- Photos: Darlene Hayes