Apple cider mixed with bourbon, cinnamon stick for garnish

Easy Apple Cider Cocktail – Pick your Poison

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‘Tis the season for everything apple. Warmed up or on the rocks, apple cider just tastes like Fall. Around a fire pit or taking kids Trick-or-Treating, make this Easy Apple Cider Cocktail with your favorite booze.

Apple cider mixed with bourbon, cinnamon stick for garnish
Get into the Fall Spirits with this Apple Cider Cocktail

Apples and chocolate go great together, try these Fudgy Brownie Bites.

Apple Cider Cocktail Ingredients

Apple Cider

Apple Cider is to Fall, as Freddie Mercury is to Queen. You just can’t have one without the other. Apple cider is the juice and some pulp from freshly pressed apples. There isn’t any added sugar, just pure apple yumminess.

There are many health benefits to taking in a serving.

Apple cider contains polyphenols, which are compounds in plants that act as antioxidants. They can help the body to fight against free radicals and cell damage, lowering your risk of certain types of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Polyphenols also help to ease inflammation in the body.

Apple Cider: Are there Health Benefits? on WebMD

Even though apple cider has health benefits and no added sugar, it still should be consumed in moderation.

red apples in a blue bowl
Feeling appley? Make my Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls, and use the freshly squeezed apple juice for this cocktail.

Apple Cider usually comes in a cinnamon option as well. Either work in this recipe. Choose your favorite. OR if you are making my Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls, you’ll have some freshly squeezed apple juice. Don’t let it go to waste.

For your cider and apples, support your local Apple Orchard. Ours is Louisburg Cider Mill, and it’s amazing. They have an online store too!

If you like apples, you’ll love my Apple Turkey Wrap with Cream Cheese.


There are so many spirits that go well with apple. SO. MANY. Pick your favorite poison for this cocktail. Here are some options to mull over:

  • Fireball Whiskey: Sweet Cinnamon Canadian Whiskey – my fave!
  • Bourbon: Barrel aged American Whiskey
  • Spiced Rum: Rum flavored with natural Herbs and Spices
  • Gin: Originally a medicinal liquor, flavored with juniper berries
  • Vodka: with not much flavor, Vodka makes the Apple Cider shine
  • Caramel Vodka: drink a Caramel Apple
  • Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey: Peanut Butter & Apples go great together
  • Salted Caramel Bourbon: Sweet & Salty Caramel and Apples
several spirit options for apple cider cocktail
Pick your poison for this Apple Cider Cocktail. There are so many options.

If you like this Fall cocktail, you’ll love this festive Cranberry Prosecco Spritzer next month.

Shakin’ or Stirred

Here are 3 ways to mix this cocktail:

  • Shaker: fill a shaker with ice, pour in apple cider & booze, cap it, and shake.
  • Stir: fill a glass with ice, pour in apple cider & booze, stir.
  • Cup Pour: fill one glass with ice, apple cider & booze, pour it’s contents into another glass, then pour it back into the original glass.

Warmed Up Cider

Looking for a warm beverage to sip on a cool Fall night? Keep the apple cider warm in a mini crock pot or nuke it in the microwave. Be sure to add the booze after you warm it or the alcohol may cook out.

apple cider cocktail wit hcinnamon stick and star anise.
Gussy up this Fall cocktail with a cinnamon stick or star anise.


I’m a no-fuss kinda gal when it comes to cocktails. Don’t get me wrong, if I’m out, I love a beautifully crafted cocktail. At home, I tend to keep it simple.

Add a little flair to your cocktail, if you want. Afer all, you only live once. Whether you keep it simple or make it fancy, here are some options:

  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Star Anise
  • Apple Slice, brushed with lemon juice

Rimming the glass with caramel, honey, or cinnamon sugar looks beautiful. However, it does add more sugar (and calories) to this cocktail.

More Apple Recipes

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls

Spiced Apple Muffins

Autumn Apple Salad

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Apple cider mixed with bourbon, cinnamon stick for garnish

Easy Apple Cider Cocktail – Pick Your Poison

Sara Walkenbach
Whether you go with Bourbon or whiskey, rum or vodka, this easy apple cider cocktail will have you lovin' Fall.
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 5 minutes
Course beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 153 kcal


  • 1/2 cup Fresh Apple Cider plain or cinnamon
  • 1.5 oz Favorite Booze such as bourbon, Fireball, spiced rum, caramel vodka, etc
  • ice or serve warm


For Iced Cocktail

  • Fill glass with ice.
  • Pour booze over ice, top with apple cider.
  • Stir, add garnish (if desired), Enjoy!

For Warm Cocktail

  • Heat up apple cider in crock pot or microwave.
  • Pour booze in.
  • Stir, Garnish, & Enjoy!



Plain or Cinnamon Apple Cider is delicious in this recipe.
1.5 oz is equivalent to a shot glass.
To cut the calories or sweetness, do 1/4 cup apple cider & 1/4 cup seltzer water.


Serving: 1gCalories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 120mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword apple cider cocktail, easy cocktail, Fall cocktail, hard apple cider
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