Sage Bird Ciderworks Old Fashioned

Our friends at Sage Bird really knew what they were doing with this one! Step into the cozy embrace of winter with a delightful twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail. This recipe transforms a timeless favorite by incorporating Long Night, a winter pommeau that adds a rich and fortifying essence to the drink.  Elevate your winter evenings with this sophisticated and warming libation that pays homage to tradition while introducing a delightful seasonal variation.

4 oz Long Night
2 shakes of Angostura bitters
1 Cocktail cherry on a skewer
1 Orange peel 1 long rind peel on a skewer

Add 4 oz of Long Night to a cocktail glass
2 dashes (2 bottle shakes) of bitters to the Long Night
Fill glass with ice
Using the peeler, get a long vertical slice of orange rind about an inch wide and 2-3 inches long. Rim the glass.
Add the orange rind and cherry to a skewer.
Add skewer to cocktail and serve!

Sage Bird Ciderworks Golden Hour Cocktail

As the sun begins its descent, usher in the enchanting Golden Hour with a refreshing elixir that effortlessly marries sophistication and simplicity. The preparation is a breeze – a gentle stir to marry the elements, a lemon round delicately run along the glass’s edge, and a final flourish as it joins the elixir. With each sip, immerse yourself in the warmth of the Golden Hour, a cocktail that captures the magic of twilight in every effervescent note.

3 oz of Tonic
3 oz of Long Light
5-7 drops of Fennel extract or Fennel Simple Syrup
Lemon round for garnish

Mixing Instructions: 
Get your favorite cocktail glass and add 3oz tonic, 3oz Long Light, and fennel extract or simple syrup.


Run the lemon round around the edge of the glass and add to drink


Sage Bird Ciderworks Apple Pie Sangria

Apple Pie Sangria:
This week is Virginia Cider Week, which makes it a great time to try out this delicious cocktail recipe from Sage Bird Ciderworks! Indulge in the essence of autumn with this tantalizing Cider Symphony! Immerse your senses in the crisp crunch of your favorite apples bathed in the golden glow of Long Light. A whisper  of cinnamon and nutmeg adds a symphony of flavors. Let this soak (preferably) overnight, then blend with the harmony of Sweet Shenandoah or your preferred Sage Bird cider. Chill to perfection, and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a cider cocktail that’ll leave your taste buds singing! This is the perfect cocktail for all of your holiday gatherings.
  • 2-3 of your favorite apples, chopped – try some local ones from the 99¢ table!
  • One bottle of Sage Bird Ciderworks Long Light – find this in our fortified wine section
  • One bottle of your favorite Sage Bird Cider
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • A dash of nutmeg
  • Chop 2-3 of your favorite apples and place in a seal-able container/jar.
  • Cover the apples with Long Light.
  • Add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Let soak for a few hours minimum, but preferably overnight.
  • Add the apples to a pitcher or carafe of  your favorite Sage Bird cider choice.
  • Serve chilled and with a sprinkle of cinnamon!

You can find Long Light and other Sage Bird Ciders in the Co-op’s Beer & Wine section!

Sage Bird Ciderworks Hot Mulled Cider Recipe

Embrace the cozy embrace of autumn with Hot Mulled Cider! Crafted with the magic of Sage Bird Ciderworks and a blend of mulling spices, this warm elixir will wrap you in a comforting hug. Heat gently on the stove or let it simmer in a crockpot for an aromatic hour, infusing it with the zesty allure of sliced orange rounds, vibrant cranberries, and rustic cinnamon sticks. Pour this liquid warmth into your cherished mugs and savor the heartwarming essence of the season


1 Bottle of Your Favorite Sage Bird Cider – we recommend Winesap or Wickson!

Mulling Spices

1 Orange, sliced into rounds

1/2 Cup of Cranberries

1-2 Cinnamon Sticks



Follow directions on mulling spices and add to your favorite Sage Bird Ciderworks cider.

Heat on the stove on medium for ~5-7 minutes, or in a crock pot for an hour.

Add sliced orange rounds, cranberries, and cinnamon sticks to the pot.

Serve in your favorite mugs!

Liquid Sunshine Mead Cocktail

Mead is easily one of my favorite drinks year-round, but I’ve dressed it up a bit to make this refreshing summer cocktail. Sweet and bright, Liquid Sunshine” earns its name and an invitation to every backyard party or porch-sipping while the warm evenings last. Relax and enjoy the summer sunset with a sip of sunshine in your hand. 



3-4 oz of plain mead (I used Thistle & Stag’s Golden Stag, but you could you any of the meads we carry)

1-2 T fresh lemon juice

4 oz sparkling water or tonic water

Peach slices



Slice your peach and add as many slices as you’d like into a cocktail glass with ice.


Add your lemon juice, mead and sparkling water or tonic water. Stir to incorporate.


Garnish with a peach slice if you’d like, and enjoy your delicious beverage.