Apple Cider Cocktail

This Apple Cider Cocktail is made with vodka, apple cider, and muddled apples and lime wedges. Finish it off with a splash of soda water for a bit of fizz.

It’s officially the middle of November and I’m finally forcing myself to accept that it’s Fall.

What better way to do that than with this cozy Apple Cider Cocktail in hand, a comfy throw blanket, and a night of Netflix?

I’m definitely going to miss the warm temperatures and the sunshine, but Fall is always a nice change of pace too.

I love how simple this recipe is! You may even have the ingredients on hand already. Spiced apple cider blends with vodka, lime and soda water. You can also customize this cocktail. Don’t want vodka? Try swapping it out for whiskey or bourbon (more on that below).

Apple Cider Cocktail Ingredients:

  • Vodka
  • Apple Cider
  • Apple
  • Lime
  • Soda Water

How to Make an Apple Cider Cocktail

Just add some chopped up apple and lime wedges to a cocktail shaker and use a muddler to extract their juices. Then shake it all up with some vodka and apple cider, strain into an ice filled glass, and garnish (if desired). Enjoy!

Ingredients for cider cocktail on white counter.

What Liquor in Apple Cider Cocktail?

I don’t like vodka? Can I use a different liquor?

You sure can! You can swap in these liquors:

  • Tequila
  • Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • Gin
  • Rum

To finish off my Apple Cider Cocktail, I dressed it up with a slice of apple and star anise. This is totally optional, but super pretty and festive.

These cocktails would be perfect served as part of your Thanksgiving celebration this year. They would be perfect for any celebration since they’re super simple to make and you can also customize them to suit your guests’ preferences.

If you loved this Apple Cider Cocktail recipe I would appreciate it so much if you would give it a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished cocktail and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings.

Do you have a favorite Fall cocktail that you like to enjoy when the weather turns chilly? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Side view of apple cider cocktail.

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Side view of two apple cider cocktails next to jug of cider and red roses.

Apple Cider Cocktail

This Apple Cider Cocktail is made with vodka, apple cider, and muddled apples and lime wedges. Finish it off with a splash of soda water for a bit of fizz. 
3.89 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce apple cider
  • 1 apple (chopped)
  • 1/2 lime (cut into wedges)
  • Ice
  • Club soda


  • Place limes and apples in cocktail shaker and muddle.
  • Add all liquid ingredients (except for club soda) and shake.
  • Strain into rocks glass and top with club soda.
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Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 18.2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.4mg

 This post was originally published in 2018. It was updated in 2021 to add new photographs. The original recipe remains the same. Enjoy!

5 thoughts on “Apple Cider Cocktail”

  1. 4 stars
    Erin , just finished preparing for the big Thanksgiving meal . Sampling the Cozy Cider Cocktail before serving to my family tomorrow. It will be our cocktail before the big dinner. It is delicious, love the aroma of the apple slice as I sip this drink.
    Thank you Donna

  2. 5 stars
    Apple juice is fermented to become alcohol containing apple cider. After that, oxygen is allowed to interact with the cider. This turns the alcohol into acetic acid. You will find this ingredient in the finished product.

    Thank you for this sweet recipe, love this.


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