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The Fifteen: A Cider, Champagne and Whiskey Cocktail

Here’s a simple and sophisticated take on fall: an apple cider, champagne and whiskey cocktail with a hint of lemon.

Apple Cider Rye Whiskey Champagne Cocktail | Umami Girl

Happy Friday, friends. I’m delighted that fall is truly here now. Though I’ll be honest: I’m a little surprised it’s Friday already, a little surprised it’s October already, and maybe more than a little surprised that Cope and I are celebrating our 15th anniversary already. Isn’t that so grown-up of us? We’re 15! Our marriage is, like, studying trigonometry and getting a girlfriend and starting to think about driver’s licenses and college applications. It’s not a kid anymore. 

Too bad it’s not of legal drinking age, because I made it a fall cocktail.

I wanted something simple and sophisticated to toast the occasion. I wanted to channel the crispness of fall and hint at the warmth and coziness of whiskey without hitting anyone over the head with it. I wanted apple cider. And I always want champagne. 

And so. The Fifteen. Here’s to us, and to you.

See you soon.

Carolyn xx

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Apple Cider Rye Whiskey Champagne Cocktail | Umami Girl

The Fifteen: An Apple Cider, Rye and Champagne Cocktail

A simple, nicely balanced, sophisticated cocktail that's just right for fall.


  • 3/4 ounce rye whiskey
  • 1 1/2 ounces unfiltered apple cider
  • 3-4 ounces champagne
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice


  • Pour the rye and apple cider into a champagne glass. Top up the glass with champagne and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve immediately.
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