The Mogwai

We asked the question…. which film were the Gremlins watching in the theatre towards the end of the movie?

Did anyone guess correctly? If you did, you’ll know why this cocktail has an apple base. A “juicy-looking” apple base to be precise…..

And let’s be honest, before that fateful Christmas Billy was probably at the stage where he was discovering cider. And Stripe, well he strikes us as a whiskey and cigar kinda’ guy. Sorry. Monster.

And so…. that leads us to introduce you to the next in our Christmas movie and cocktail series….with this Red Apple & Pomegranate Cider Recipe or the Mogwai as we like to call it.

With a whiskey base (Bourbon to be precise) with hints of cinnamon, pomegranate and of course cider, it really is a cocktail perfect for the season. We even contemplated making it warm, but we drunk it too quickly. Sorry.

A little prep is required with the cinnamon as you need to infuse the Bourbon, but a quicker option would be to make up (or buy) a little batch of cinnamon syrup and use that instead. Otherwise, use any mulled wine spices you have lying about.

And play around with the ciders. We used a hard apple cider from Norfolk, but you can use a cloudy version. Just make sure it’s apple based and nothing flavoured.



Bourbon 50ml (we used Woodfords)

Pomegranate Juice 75ml

Cider 75ml

Cinnamon Sticks




A day or two beforehand infuse some Bourbon with a couple of cinnamon sticks. See above for alternatives- we also used a nice sugar-free cinnamon syrup which worked well. If you use this, the cocktail will be slightly sweeter so only use a small amount such as 5-10ml depending on your taste.

Once you are ready to make your cocktail, in a tall glass pour the Bourbon, the pomegranate and the cider over cubed ice. Give it a gentle stir.

Garnish with a red apple fan. Add a smoking cinnamon stick.

That’s it! Simple.

But do remember, the next time your air-conditioner goes on the fritz, or your washing machine blows up, or your computer conks out, before you call the repairman, turn on all the lights.

Check all the closets and cupboards.

Look under all the beds.

‘Cause you never can tell. There just might be a gremlin in your house.

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