15 Apple Cider Cocktails That Will Make You Say "Cheers!"
Apple on the Rocks
Apple liqueur and hard cider give this fall cocktail recipe its signature apple flavor. That leaves room for a dash of cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup to help make this hard cider cocktail a little sweeter, even with stronger fall flavors. Like the name suggests, it’s best when served on the rocks with an apple-slice garnish.
Snickerdoodle Cider Mimosa
If you’re not enjoying a warm, fresh-from-the-oven snickerdoodle cookie when you sip on this cider mimosa, you’re doing it wrong. Unlike baking, this cookie-inspired cocktail takes just 10 minutes and 5 ingredients to prepare. Apple cider, cream soda, and sparkling white wine make this a toast-worthy cocktail, while a cinnamon-sugar mix makes a deliciously sweet garnish on the rim.
Spiced Apple Cider
If store-bought cider doesn’t have enough fall flavors for your taste buds, dress it up with this simple spiced cider recipe. Adding just a few fall spices like ginger and cinnamon can make your apple cider taste much more rich and delicious. And of course, mixing in a splash of apple brandy doesn’t hurt either.
Make-It-Mine Mulled Wine
Want to know what we love most about this mulled wine recipe? You can make it just about any way you want! Start with your favorite bottle of wine (rosé and white wine included), then mix in a few spices, fruit, liquor, and fruit juice. You can make just about any combination of cider mulled wine you want, or you can opt for pomegranate or cranberry juice.
Pomegranate Cider Sangría
Sangría isn’t just for summer. In fact, this spiced sangría was definitely made to sip in the fall. Apple cider and pomegranate juice give this yummy cider sangría its fruity flavor, while cinnamon sticks and star anise bring a powerful burst of fall flavor. Adding brandy is optional, but it's a must if you want a true fall sangria recipe.
Mulled Cider and Pineapple Cocktail
Apple cider, meet pineapple. While these fruits might traditionally hail from different seasons, they’re absolutely irresistible when mixed together in this refreshing fall cocktail recipe. Simmer apple cider with cinnamon sticks and star anise to let the fall flavors develop, then bring on a taste of summertime by mixing pineapple juice and rum into the spiced cider. Serve with a pineapple wedge, and you’ll have to glance at the turning leaves outside to remind yourself you’re not in the tropics.
Cider Moscow Mule
If you haven’t already, wash up your copper mugs before you make this toast-worthy fall drink. All the Moscow mule ingredients we know and love are here, but a splash of apple cider puts a fall twist on this tasty drink. If you like your Moscow mules with a little extra zest, be sure to serve with a few extra lime slices.
Apple Cider Punch Martini
Make your glass of apple cider much fancier than usual by shaking together this classy apple martini. But just because it’s fancy doesn’t mean it’s complicated. All you need is a handful of ingredients (most of which you probably already have on hand) and 5 minutes. Combine apple cider, orange juice, vodka, and the juice from one lemon wedge, and serve it shaken (not stirred!) with a dash of white wine and a few apple slices.
Cider Mulled Wine
White wine-lovers, it’s time to celebrate—there’s finally a mulled wine recipe for you! This white mulled wine recipe is even more than meets the eye because it has a few cups of apple cider mixed in, along with warm fall spices like cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice. If you want your mulled wine to have even more kick, add a splash of spiced rum just before serving for an apple cider rum cocktail.
Apple Cider Punch
While this sparkling punch recipe keeps it simple, it’s still worth making to toast a special celebration. If you like your apple cider drinks nonalcoholic, you can easily make this 5-minute punch with sparkling juice. But if your party is adults-only, make sure to use champagne. Dressing up your glass of bubbly with apple cider, orange juice, and lemon juice makes it tangy and tasty enough for fall celebrations.
Hot Apple Cider with Calvados
As the name suggests, this hot apple cider alcoholic drink is best for sipping in cold weather. Simmer apple cider, strong tea, and cinnamon sticks to make this drink that warms you from the inside out, and be sure to add a splash of apple brandy at the end. Serve in mugs with cinnamon sticks and crab apples to make each mug picture-worthy.
We hope you have plenty of fresh fall fruits on hand, because you’ll need them for this easy autumn sangría. Float fresh figs, plums, and apricots in a mix of red wine and sparkling apple cider to make this delicious sangría recipe. This fall cocktail is great for autumn celebrations—it makes enough for a crowd, and you can stir it together 24 hours in advance.
Lemonade Cider with Ginger Swizzle Sticks
One part summer and two parts fall, this lemonade-apple cider punch was made for anyone who’s not quite ready to let go of sunny summer days. Slow-cook the punch mixture with a few fall spices (ginger, cinnamon, and allspice) for a warm, cozy fall drink. You can leave this recipe alcohol-free if you want, but mix in a dash of apple brandy if you want to give it a boozy twist.
Cranberry Cider Sangría
Besides apples, what other ingredient really says fall? Cranberries, of course! Mix apple cider with pomegranate-cranberry juice and brandy to make this yummy cold-weather sangría. Of course, sangría is all about the garnishes you serve with it, so fill your pitcher with apple wedges, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and star anise before you start doling out glasses.
Apple Cider Cocktail
One of our favorite hard-cider cocktails, this drink recipe still has a few extra cups of traditional apple cider. Made for fans of fruity cocktails, this recipe also includes muddled grapes, lemon juice, and a dash of orange bitters. This simple 5-minute drink recipe makes 8 servings, so grab a few friends to share it with on a crisp fall night.