I would say that the first option would be the best way to go if you are stuck on keeping it to style. If it were me I would just call it bootleg cider and drink the hell out of it. However, you might want to warn people of the alcohol content before serving. I would stick with 12oz bottles because much more than that and they will be partied out after one bottle.
Edit: If you do keep it full strength I would be sure to carbonate it, seems to take the edge off of it.