Apple Cider Cocktail

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Apple Cider Cocktail is grown up cider with a fun fall twist! Serve it warm or on the rocks – it’s completely up to you!

Apple Cider with spiced rum makes the perfect party drink. It can easily be prepared in advance to serve at Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or your next bonfire.

Cocktail glasses filled with an apple cider cocktail on ice, garnished with thyme, cinnamon stick and apple slice.

Originally shared November 2013, updated September 2020.

‘Tis the season for everything apple cider! Pork Medallions with Apple Cider Glaze, Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing, Apple Cider Donut Holes and so much more!

It’s no secret, I’m a fan of signature drinks. I offer a signature cocktail based on season and occasion for ease in entertaining. It allows guests to serve themselves while I can enjoy their conversation or finish last minute preparations.

For Fall, one of my favorites is an apple cider cocktail. Just enough punch for showers, weddings, Thanksgiving and tailgates. I’ve brought you this Apple Cider Bourbon Slush, as well as this incredible Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned.

Cocktail glasses filled with an apple cider cocktail on ice, garnished with thyme, cinnamon stick and apple slice, apples to the side.

I love everything about apples for fall. That’s why I created Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Apple Recipes, which is a complete recipe round-up of all the best apple recipes for autumn and beyond!

Apple Cider Cocktail Ingredients

  • Apple Cider – Homemade or store bought.
  • Rum – Dark or spiced rum is preferable adding a lot of fall flavor.
  • Cinnamon Schnapps – Otherwise known as cinnamon liqueur, this ingredient spices it up and adds a little warmth.
  • Orange Juice – A fresh squeeze of orange juice adds bright flavor.
  • Optional Garnish – Apple slice, cinnamon stick, star of anise and or a sprig of thyme or rosemary.
A marble surface with two bottles of liquor, a glass of apple cider and garnish for a fall drink.

Variations

How to Make an Apple Cider Cocktail

  1. Combine – Combine in a cocktail shaker or pitcher. Shake or stir.
  2. Serve – Pour over a glass of ice (to serve chilled) and garnish with a cinnamon stick, star of anise and a rosemary or thyme sprig.
A cocktail glass filled with an apple cider cocktail on ice, garnished with thyme, cinnamon stick and apple slice.

Recipe Shortcuts

  • Use store-bought apple cider to make this cocktail in just a minute!
  • To warm this apple cider cocktail for a crowd ahead of time, use a crockpot or a pretty pot on the stove!
What kind of rum should I use with apple cider?

Dark liquor tends to have a warmer, more caramelized flavor that works beautifully in this apple cider cocktail. Try Zaya brand rum or Goslings for a dark rum to sip and savor.

Can I make it ahead?

Yes, you can make this apple cider cocktail ahead. Simply add ingredients into a large pitcher, cover and chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before your event. Keep in mind though that each person’s tastes might require a different amount of rum vs. cider!

Cocktail glasses filled with an apple cider cocktail on ice, garnished with thyme, cinnamon stick and apple slice.

How to Store

  • Refrigerate – this apple cider cocktail can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours in an airtight pitcher or other container.
  • Freeze – You can freeze this apple cider cocktail into a slush! Simply freeze, already combined, in an airtight container with a couple inches left at the top to make room for expansion. When ready to drink as a slush, simply stir- it’s already the best consistency!

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Tools to Use

Shaker – I love this antique brass cocktail set.

Jigger – This jigger and muddler set is perfect!

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How to Serve

  • For a Crowd – Combine in a punch bowl and have pre-garnished glasses to serve. To make a large amount use the adjustable servings in the recipe card.
  • Single Serving – With a cinnamon stick to stir, sprig of rosemary or thyme and a star of anise.
A cocktail glass filled with an apple cider cocktail on ice, garnished with thyme, cinnamon stick and apple slice.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian

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A cocktail glass filled with an apple cider cocktail on ice, garnished with thyme, cinnamon stick and apple slice.

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A cocktail glass filled with an apple cider cocktail on ice, garnished with thyme, cinnamon stick and apple slice.

Apple Cider Cocktail

Author: Julie Blanner
Easy 3 minute apple cider cocktail made with apple cider, rum, cinnamon schnapps and a hint of orange and served with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick. It's a memorable fall cocktail you'll crave again and again!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 282 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces apple cider
  • 1 ounce rum dark or spiced
  • 1 ounce cinnamon schnapps
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice fresh squeeze

Instructions
 

  • Combine apple cider, rum, cinnamon schnapps and orange juice in a pitcher or cocktail shaker. Mix well.
  • Pour over a glass of ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick, star of anise and a sprig of rosemary or thyme.

Notes

How to Serve

  • For a Crowd – Combine in a punch bowl and have pre-garnished glasses to serve. To make a large amount use the adjustable servings in the recipe card.
  • Single Serving – With a cinnamon stick to stir, sprig of rosemary or thyme and a star of anise.

How to Store

  • Refrigerate – this apple cider cocktail can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours in an airtight pitcher or other container.
  • Freeze – You can freeze this apple cider cocktail into a slush! Simply freeze, already combined, in an airtight container with a couple inches left at the top to make room for expansion. When ready to drink as a slush, simply stir- it’s already the best consistency!

Nutrition

Calories:282kcalCarbohydrates:39gProtein:1gFat:1gSaturated Fat:1gSodium:10mgPotassium:229mgFiber:1gSugar:34gVitamin C:11mgCalcium:18mgIron:1mg
5 from 3 votes
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