Apple cider is a fall favorite, and it’s no wonder why – it has the tang and sweetness of apples and is usually only available for a few months of the year.
If you have some apple cider left over from a harvest party and want to know what to do with it, you’ve come to the right place.
Cider is pressed directly from apples, so it makes excellent drink mixers.
So whether you want a sweet and sour apple drink or a heavier, warmer drink to take the bite out of the frosty fall air, here are some of the best apple cider cocktails from the internet.
Bourbon Maple Apple Cider
Whether you want a warm or a cold apple cider cocktail, this bourbon maple apple cider drink could be perfect for your fall party. It is sweet and savory with a touch of bourbon spice. With a straightforward recipe and only a few ingredients, you can make a delicious bourbon-focused apple cider drink.
Poisoned Apple Cider Cocktail
Although it’s not actually poisoned, this cocktail has a beautiful, mystical swirled look that creates an eerie final product. With gold dust and grenadine, the spiced rum and apple cider that complete this recipe swirl together in what looks like a magical potion. But, in reality, it’s a delicious drink (edible gold is optional but worth it for the look).
Apple Cider Margarita
There’s no more classic drink than a margarita, but if you’re hosting a fall festival or apple-themed party, margaritas do not fit the theme. Switch it up with an apple cider margarita. It still features tequila, but the glass is rimmed with sugar and cinnamon instead of salt. Apple cider and triple sec finish out this simple recipe.
Apple Cider Sangria
Sangria is a wine and fruit juice mix that tastes perfect cold or warm. It’s already an amazing fall drink, but switch out the berries and red wine for apple cider for a true treat. With white wine and ginger beer for a kick, this recipe is easy and delicious. You can make a larger batch if you have a party!
Bourbon Apple Cider
Apple cider is delicious. Bourbon is delicious. Put the two together, and you have a simple yet effective cider cocktail. All you need to finish this is to mix in a bit of cinnamon and sugar (add more spices if you want) and pour it over ice. You can heat it up instead, but either way, this is a great way to shake up your bourbon drinking.
A manhattan is an incredibly classy drink with vermouth, whiskey, and bitters. It’s simple, effective, and sharp. However, if you add a little simple syrup and some apple cider, you can make an apple Manhattan. This drink not only gives a double reference to New York City, but it tastes delicious and is easy to create.
Apple Cider Sidecar
Drinking a sidecar is supposed to feel like the luxury and quality of going for a ride in a motorcycle sidecar. An apple sidecar does the same thing but adds a bit more apple sweetness to the orange tang. While the ingredients of this cocktail - Cointreau and cognac - aren’t as common, it still makes an amazing drink!
Caramel Vodka Apple Cider Cocktail
If you’re looking for something extremely easy to make and not too expensive, try this caramel apple vodka cocktail. All you need is caramel-flavored vodka and apple cider. I promise it tastes just like the caramel apple lollipops you used to have as a kid, just with a twist of alcohol!
Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita
This isn’t the only apple cider margarita on the list, but this one has a bit of a twist. Instead of tequila, the traditional margarita liquor, this cocktail adds a touch of smokiness with mezcal. It gives the drink some added warmth and makes it better heated up than tequila, which can get too sharp when heated.
Sparkling Hard Apple Cider Sangria
Another sangria recipe? Yes, but trust me, this one is completely different. It’s not a classic sangria with wine and fruit. Instead, this sangria utilizes hard sparkling apple cider and brandy instead of wine for an extra boozy kick. You can add as much fruit and spices as you like and enjoy the strong, warm flavors of this sparkling sangria!
Apple Cider Old Fashioned
An old-fashioned is a remarkably simple drink, with good whiskey, some bitters, and a bit of sugar or simple syrup. Add some apple cider and a touch of maple syrup to that, and you get a wonderfully spiced, warm drink that will stay with you for a while. This recipe is easy to make and might just become a favorite!
Spiced Apple Cider Rum Punch Cocktail
One of the only drinks on this list that probably shouldn’t be warmed up, this rum punch cocktail was meant to be served cold. With rum, cider, spices, and lemon juice, it’s the perfect mix for a party. This recipe is simple to make and can serve up an entire batch of punch. Make it for your next fall party!
Spiced Apple Cider Moscow Mule
Everyone loves a good Moscow Mule - from the fresh ginger and lime to the copper mugs, they are a cocktail classic. Instead of vodka, this recipe uses Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey. It adds spice and creates the perfect counterpoint to the cider, lime, and ginger beer that were also involved.
Apple Cider Mojito Cocktail Recipe
When you think of fall drinks, a mojito probably doesn’t come to mind. These fresh, light and cool drinks are usually a staple of summer brunches. However, by adding some apple cider to the mix instead of fruit juice, you can make a unique mojito for your early fall brunches and prepare for apple cider season in earnest.
Apple Cider Whiskey Smash
Apple Cider Whiskey Smash might seem like a bold name for a cocktail, but it really is simply accurate. All you need for this cocktail is some cider, a good whiskey, and lemon juice. Once you’ve mixed them together and poured them over ice, you’re done. It’s easy, it’s unique, and it’s delicious!
Smoked Cinnamon Apple Cider Bourbon Smash Cocktail
This cocktail is very similar to the last one - it has whiskey (well, bourbon), cider, and other flavorings. However, it’s much more complicated to make, as it has multiple ingredients and a few steps for smoking the drink. If you want a more advanced bartending technique, follow this recipe for a delicious smoked cider beverage.
Hot Spiked Mulled Apple Cider
Nothing is better than sitting by a bonfire with a warm drink on a cool night. Make that warm drink spiked and add some mulled spices, and you’ve found the perfect way to spend a fall evening. This recipe can be used for standard mulled cider (but why would you when you could add rum?) and makes over a gallon of hot drink!
Habanero Ginger Apple Cider Cocktail
Usually, when we talk about spices in fall, we think of spices like cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. However, this drink takes it up a notch and throws in a more summery spice - the habanero pepper. Some dark rum, apple cider, fresh ginger, and cinnamon will really spice up your fall with this drink.
Apple Cider Amaretto Sour
An amaretto sour is yet another classic drink made better by apple cider. If you like the taste of amaretto with lemon or lime juice, prepare yourself for the richness and tartness of apple cider instead. Garnished with a maraschino cherry, this is the perfect drink for sipping by the bonfire.
Whether you end up with an apple cider old-fashioned or a sparkling cider sangria cocktail, we hope you found the perfect drink to sweeten up your fall!
Leave a comment below letting us know which ones you tried and what your favorite apple cider cocktail is. Happy fall and happy drinking!
Best Apple Cider Cocktails to Warm You Up This Fall
- Bourbon Maple Apple Cider
- Poisoned Apple Cider Cocktail
- Apple Cider Margarita
- Apple Cider Sangria
- Bourbon Apple Cider
- Apple Manhattan
- Apple Cider Sidecar
- Caramel Vodka Apple Cider Cocktail
- Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita
- Sparkling Hard Apple Cider Sangria
- Apple Cider Old Fashioned
- Spiced Apple Cider Rum Punch Cocktail
- Spiced Apple Cider Moscow Mule
- Apple Cider Mojito
- Apple Cider Whiskey Smash
- Smoked Cinnamon Apple Cider Bourbon Smash Cocktail
- Hot Spiked Mulled Apple Cider
- Habanero Ginger Apple Cider Cocktail
- Apple Cider Amaretto Sour
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