Cider and Black Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


Cider and Black, also known as 'Black Velvet' in some regions, is a popular British drink that combines the crispness of cider with the sweet and tart flavor of blackcurrant cordial. It's a simple yet refreshing beverage that has been enjoyed in pubs across the UK for many years.

  • Origins
    • The exact origins are not well-documented, but it's believed to have been a staple in British pubs for decades.
    • It gained popularity as an alternative to beer, offering a fruitier option for patrons.
  • Popularity
    • Loved by those who prefer a sweeter drink with the kick of alcohol.
    • Often consumed during the summer months but enjoyed year-round.
  • Cultural Significance
    • It's a part of the casual pub culture in Britain, signifying a laid-back and sociable drinking environment.

How Cider and Black Tastes?

The taste of Cider and Black is a delightful balance of sweet and tart. The blackcurrant cordial provides a deep berry flavor that complements the dryness and effervescence of the cider. It's a refreshing drink with a fruity twist, perfect for those who enjoy a touch of sweetness in their beverages.

Interesting facts about Cider and Black

  • Versatility: Cider and Black can be made with various types of cider, from traditional apple to pear, offering a range of flavor profiles.
  • Customization: The ratio of cider to blackcurrant cordial can be adjusted to suit personal taste preferences.
  • Social Drink: It's commonly ordered in groups and is a staple at social gatherings, particularly in outdoor settings.


  • Cider: 16 oz(480ml)
  • Blackcurrant cordial: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lemon zest: 1tsp


The effervescent magic of cider (16oz) is not just for an autumn chill. It offers a crisp, fruity base that dances with the Blackcurrant Cordial. Too much, and you'd be sleeping under the apple tree; too little, and you might as well be sipping on berry juice.

Alex Green

Blackcurrant Cordial

Our berry bonne belle (1oz), Blackcurrant Cordial delivers a regal touch of sweetness and a deep purple hue. Cut back, and you'll have the cider shyly blushing; overdose, and you'll be puckering more than kissing. If you can't find Blackcurrant, try blueberry or raspberry syrup; just expect a slightly different royal wave of flavors.

Emma Rose

Lemon Zest

What wizardry is this? A mere teaspoon of Lemon Zest brings a fresh zing to our concoction. Leave it out, and the drink loses its aromatic crowning glory. It's the citrus scepter that rules the fruity kingdom within your glass.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Cider and Black Drink

  1. Prepare the Blackcurrant Cordial
    • In a saucepan, combine 1 pound of frozen blackcurrant, 1 cup of water, and half a pound of sugar.
    • Heat gently, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
    • Simmer for 3 minutes, then add the juice and zest of 1 lemon.
    • Simmer for another 3 minutes.
    • Let the mixture cool completely, then strain through a fine sieve.
    • Bottle the cordial and refrigerate.
  2. Assemble the Drink
    • Fill a pint glass with ice.
    • Pour 16 ounces of cider over the ice.
    • Add 1 ounce of blackcurrant cordial.
    • Stir gently to mix.
    • Garnish with a twist of lemon zest.

Pro Tips

  • Chill Your Glass: Serving this drink in a chilled glass will enhance the refreshing quality of the cider.
  • Quality Cider: Choose a high-quality cider for the best flavor; the cider is the backbone of this drink.
  • Balance: Adjust the amount of blackcurrant cordial to find the perfect balance between sweet and tart for your palate.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Cheese Platter: A classic selection of cheddar, brie, and blue cheese can accompany the fruity notes of the Blackcurrant in the cocktail.
  • Grilled Pork: The acidity from the cider and the richness of pork make for a perfect match.
  • Fish & Chips: A traditional British pair, the cider's carbonation and the cordial's sweetness can cut through the oiliness of the battered fish.

Drink Pairings

  • Cold Brew Coffee: As a non-alcoholic option, the bitterness of coffee can contrast nicely with the sweet and fruity cocktail.
  • Dry White Wine: For those who'd like another type of alcohol, a dry wine can complement the lightness of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Cider and Black

  • Cider: If you don't have traditional apple cider, pear cider can be a delightful alternative.
  • Blackcurrant Cordial: In the absence of homemade cordial, store-bought blackcurrant syrup or crème de cassis can be used.
  • Sweetness: For a less sweet version, reduce the amount of cordial or choose a drier cider.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cider and Black with a Twist of Spice

  • Use spiced cider instead of regular cider.
  • Add a cinnamon stick as garnish.
  • The spice will add warmth and an autumnal vibe, perfect for those chilly evenings.

Berry Rosé Cider and Black

  • Replace half of the cider with a dry rosé wine.
  • Top with fresh berries.
  • This provides a more complex, wine-infused sip with an elegant touch.

Sparkling Cider and Black

  • Use sparkling cider for an extra fizzy kick.
  • Add a splash of tonic water for a sharper edge.
  • The result is a more refreshing and effervescent experience, perfect for toasting on special occasions.

In case you forgot basics how to make Cider and Black

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Cider and Black

Can I use fresh blackcurrants instead of a cordial for Cider and Black?

Yes, you can muddle fresh blackcurrants with sugar and lemon juice as a substitute for blackcurrant cordial.

What type of glass is best suited for serving Cider and Black?

A pint glass or a highball glass is typically used to serve Cider and Black, as it accommodates the volume and allows space for ice.

Is Cider and Black gluten-free?

Most ciders are naturally gluten-free, but it's always best to check the label of the cider you are using to ensure it doesn't contain any gluten.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Cider and Black?

Yes, you can use a non-alcoholic cider or apple juice mixed with blackcurrant cordial to create a mocktail version of the drink.

What is the best time to serve Cider and Black?

While Cider and Black can be enjoyed year-round, it is especially refreshing during warm summer months or at outdoor gatherings.

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