25 Delicious Apple Cider Cocktails

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Apple cider takes on a grown-up twist with these easy recipes. Celebrate the flavors of fall with delicious apple cider cocktails. Apple season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with some festive libations.  

Glass with ice and an apple juice drink.


If you’re looking for ways to get warm and cozy on a chilly evening or want a cool and refreshing beverage on a warm Autumn day, we’ve got you covered. Some even say that drinking alcohol when the weather is cold can help fight off sickness. While the efficacy of this is debatable, it’s fun to believe.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a certified mixologist to create these fun, flavorful recipes. There are simple recipes for margaritas, Moscow mules, martinis, mojitos, and many more, all spiked with apple cider. 

So, celebrate the changing of the seasons with these fun, delectable apple cider cocktails. 

1. Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

Get cozy with a bourbon apple cider cocktail. This fun cocktail is always a party favorite in the fall months and is easy to make. Bourbon, apple cider, and lemon juice are shaken and poured over ice.

Top with ginger beer to finish it off, and garnish with an apple slice, cinnamon stick, or a fresh sprig of thyme. However you serve this festive fall cocktail, it is certain to please the palate. 

2. Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Take your love for Moscow mules to the next level with this fall-inspired version of the beloved cocktail. Simply add apple cider to vodka, lemon juice, and ginger beer. This tasty version is sure to be a fall favorite. Serve in a copper mug for the full Moscow mule cocktail experience. 


3. Warm Apple Cider Cocktail

When the weather turns chilly, the summer crops are harvested, and you’re ready for your flannel shirts and boots, it’s time to make this seasonal cozy cocktail.

Apple cider is heated on the stove top with star anise and a cinnamon stick. Once cooked, it’s added to a mug filled with maple syrup and bourbon. It’s a heavenly cocktail, sweet and tart, perfect for sipping by the fireplace. 

4. Apple Cider Manhattan

An apple cider Manhattan is a sophisticated twist on the classic cocktail. It’s an amber-colored cocktail bursting with the seasonal flavors your palate craves in the Autumn.

Bourbon, apple cider, maple syrup, and sweet vermouth combine for this unique Manhattan cocktail. Sip this mouthwatering drink down to the bourbon-soaked cherry at the bottom. 

5. Hot Buttered Apple Cider

Hot buttered rum gets a new bestie in this appealing recipe. Homemade apple cider and a homemade spiced buttered mixture combine with the rum for a truly divine hot toddy.

While this recipe may take a little longer to make, it is worth it. The fresh, homemade butter and cider are incomparable for this festive drink. 

6. Fireball And Apple Cider

Fireball whisky and apple cider go together like peanut butter and jelly. This easy recipe uses a handful of ingredients and takes 5 minutes to make. Warm your apple cider, add Fireball, vanilla vodka, and a touch of sugar. Stir and enjoy. It’s an enticing cocktail that is flavorful and delicious. 

7. Apple Cider Margarita

While an apple cider margarita might sound strange, I assure you it is a must-try cocktail. This alluring blend of flavors will definitely wet your whistle. Tequila,

Brandy, apple cider, lemon juice, and cinnamon-infused simple syrup combine to make this flavorful cocktail. Have a crowd? This recipe can be made into pitchers. And who doesn’t love a party with pitchers of margaritas? 

8. Apple Cider Martini

Caramel vodka and apple cider create this delicious drink. Not too sweet, it has a wonderful balance of flavors between the cider and vodka. It is very simple to make by putting both in a cocktail shaker with ice and straining them into martini glasses.

If you really want to take it up a notch, dip the rim of the glasses in a caramel sauce and then sugar for an added touch of sweetness. 

9. Apple Cider Old Fashioned

This is a fun, modern twist on an old-fashioned favorite. Whiskey or bourbon, bitters, apple cider, and maple syrup create a dreamy blend of flavors. The original old fashioned has a sugar cube in the recipe, so with this modern take, maple syrup is the sweetener. It is a sublime cocktail worthy of Don Draper. 


10. Cranberry Apple Cider Punch

A festive punch for the fall and winter months, this easy recipe can be made with or without alcohol. The delicious blend of cranberry juice and apple cider is balanced with orange juice and a touch of lemon juice.

Then add sparkling wine for the adults or grape juice for the kiddos to complete this refreshing punch. Either way, it is a flavorful and enjoyable beverage for any gathering. 

11. Apple Cider Mimosa

Hosting an Autumn brunch or craving the flavors of fall? An apple cider mimosa is in order. This is a tart and bubbly cocktail worthy of any breakfast or lunch.

It is a fabulous fall twist on the classic mimosa, sans OJ. Dress it up by coating the rim with a cinnamon sugar blend and garnishing with an apple. It’s festive, fun, and all-around pleasurable.

12. Sparkling Apple Cider Cocktail

This recipe is similar to the apple cider mimosa but takes it up a few levels. It’s a potent cocktail full of flavor. Apple cider, vodka, champagne, a touch of maple syrup, and a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon are shaken and strained into a cocktail glass.

The sweetness of the maple syrup balances the strength of the vodka. Along with the spices, they all combine to make a thrilling, flavorful cocktail. 

13. Hard Apple Cider Sangria

Many fall days are still quite warm, and on a warm day, this apple cider sangria hits the spot. It’s great for afternoons with the girls, an end-of-summer gathering, or for a refreshing drink on a warm fall day. It’s quick and easy to make in 15 minutes and is bursting with light, fresh flavor. The perfect beverage to quench your thirst. 

14. Apple Cider Mojito

This is the mash-up you didn’t know you needed. This vibrant cocktail has the classic flavors of a rum mojito with a strong pour of apple cider. A little sweet, a little spiced, and a lot of goodness. This flavor blend is unique, delicious, and a must try. 

15. Apple Cider Vodka

Apple cider vodka is a simple and delicious cocktail with big flavors. Caramel-flavored vodka is poured over ice and combined with apple cider. The beauty is in the simplicity of this recipe. It has tasty fall flavors, is an appetizing cocktail, and is sure to please your palate. 

16. Apple Cider Whiskey

Whiskey sours are a classic, tart cocktail. This easy apple cider cocktail recipe uses a homemade sour mixture using lemon juice and simple syrup, which helps cut the tartness of store-bought sour mix.

Add in a dash of orange bitters, apple cider, and a glorious blend of flavors is born. The apple cider whiskey sour cocktail is balanced, mouthwatering, and all-around amazing. 

17. Mulled Apple Cider

This aromatic brew of mulling spices, hot apple cider, ginger, and fresh orange is a sensory experience. It smells divine as it cooks for 30 minutes on the stovetop.

Your taste buds are in for a treat because this cozy concoction tastes even better than it smells. It has notes of being sweet, spiced, a little tart, and warm. Keep it non-alcoholic, or add bourbon or brandy for a spiked version. 

18. Apple Cider Bourbon Slush

Who says slushies are just for the summer months? Autumn flavors are the star of the show in this festive slushie. Apple cider and bourbon are mixed and then frozen overnight.

When ready to serve, let it sit for a few minutes, stir, and enjoy your fall slushie. This crowd-pleasing recipe is great for game days, parties, and holiday gatherings. 

19. Amaretto Apple Cider

Apple cider and amaretto combine to make this easy cocktail. The nuttiness from the amaretto is complemented by the apple cider creating a delightful drink. Add in a little caramel sauce for a touch of sweetness, and enjoy. 

20. Apple Cider Bellini

This distinguished libation is a tasty treat. It is a simple and beautiful cocktail perfect for Autumn parties and celebrations. Apple cider, orange liqueur, maple syrup, and Prosecco combine to make a sophisticated drink.

Add a sprig of rosemary for garnish to dress it up and serve. It is a tasteful cocktail sure to be a show-stopper. 

21. Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail

We’re taking it to the next level with this fall favorite. While it seems decadent, it is a refreshing drink bursting with delicious flavors. A caramel apple simple syrup is made and then mixed with apple cider and champagne.

This is a wonderful recipe to make for crowds as it can be made in pitchers. Try garnishing with cinnamon sticks and apple slices. There won’t be a drop left as everyone will drink it up because it is so amazingly good.

22. Wild Cherry Hard Cider

Wild and free is what you’ll be feeling after enjoying this exquisite libation. There is a beautiful blend of enticing flavors that create this lovely cocktail.

Apple cider, whiskey, cherry whiskey, lime juice, and simple syrup are all it takes. They blend together for a one-of-a-kind beverage that will have you asking for another. 


23. Apple Cider Shandy

The classic shandy gets a fall makeover with this easy recipe. Perfect for tailgating, game day parties, or any holiday gathering, this delightful drink will please the masses. Beer mixes with apple cider, and an apple cider shandy is born. It is a tasty drink even the manliest of men will love. 

So if you have ever wondered what alcohol to mix with apple cider, be sure to check out these delicious recipes. Let me know which one of these apple cider cocktail recipes you will be trying.

24. Fig and Cider Sangria

Gorgeous fig and cider sangria is a beautiful and elegant drink to serve for autumn. Fresh figs and apples join together for this flavor packed beverage.

25. Apple Pie Shot

This sweet apple pie shot is served cold and a fun sip for a holiday party.

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Apple Cider Cocktails

By Heather
These delicious apple cider cocktails are perfect for the holiday season.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 8 ounces chilled apple cider
  • 4 ounces ginger-ale
  • 4 ounces vanilla vodka or caramel vodka


  • Fill 2 glass with ice.
  • Pour in vodka and apple cider. Gently stir. Top with ginger-ale and serve.


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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