November 11, 2022 by Karl Tessendorf
Apple has long been one of the world’s favourite flavours. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart and it can be apple pie comforting or cocktail classy. It can also be sweet or savoury and with over 7000 varieties worldwide, there seems to be no end to the amount of apple juice cocktails just waiting to be invented. The apple orchard is our playground, so try sweetened or unsweetened apple juice or even apple purée in your cocktails. It’s time to embrace the humble apple and explore what it has to offer. Here are our top 6 cocktails with apple juice to make at home.
English Garden cocktail
Aaah, summertime in an English garden. The bees are buzzing, the birds are singing and the butler from Bridgerton has just handed you a chilled English Garden Cocktail. It’s an infusion of gin, apple cider, elderflower liqueur and lime. And of course, it is garnished with cucumber slices. It’s a British cocktail party classic that blends the best of both sweet and savoury. It also works really well as a jug cocktail if you’re catering for a crowd at a day of tennis.
For a cocktail destined for greatness, it seems fitting that the Apple Martini hails from a bar in Tinseltown called Lola’s. On the 4th of July weekend 1997, Bartender Adam Karsten whipped up the first version and ushered in the kryptonite age of the Appletini. Throughout the rest of the 90s and early 2000s, nuclear green martinis graced every trendy bar counter and many a celebrity’s hands. Drinkers just couldn’t get enough of its sweet and sour Jolly Rancher apple flavour. The hype has slowed in recent years, but everyone loves a good comeback story. And we think the Apple Martini is ripe for one.
Apple Ginger Mojito
Just when you think a Mojito can’t get any more refreshing, the Apple Ginger Mojito bursts onto the bar scene. This magical infusion of sweet yet tart apple puree with the kick of ginger beer rings all the happy parts of your tastebuds. The dark rum adds sweetness and complexity while the fresh mint lends a cooling effect. It’s best served with an apple fan garnish which you can munch on between sips.
You might also like: Our Classic Mojito Recipe
Apple Prosecco Punch
Wherever you find Proscecco, you’re bound to find a good time, and it doesn’t get much better than an Apple Prosecco Punch. It’ll make any social hour a happy hour and the best part is you get to share it with friends. As far as cocktails with apple juice go, it’s as simple as pouring cloudy apple juice, vodka and lemon juice into a jug of ice. Top it up with a generous amount of bubbly Prosecco and you’re ready to serve. If you’re feeling fancy, you can add apple slices and fresh herbs like mint, thyme or rosemary.
The Rustic Manhattan is the laid-back country cousin of the world-famous Manhattan cocktail. Instead of rye whiskey and sweet vermouth, it uses a blend of apple whiskey and raspberry vermouth. The blend of heavy fruit flavours elevates this unassuming cocktail into a rich and complex drinking experience. A few dashes of bitters round out the sweetness and pave the way for a lingering wooded whiskey finish.
Apple Cider Mule
Mules may be stubborn, but they can’t resist the allure of a crispy, juicy apple. What does that have to do with an Apple Cider Mule cocktail? We’re not entirely sure but we bet you’re picturing a mule eating an apple in your head right now. Now imagine that mule was also sipping on a refreshing vodka and apple cider cocktail in a frosty copper mug with apple slices and mint. He looks pretty satisfied, doesn’t he? You could also be this satisfied by simply clicking here.
Apple juice vs. apple cider vs. hard cider
When shopping for your apple juice cocktail recipes, just remember that apple cider is not the same thing as apple juice. While both are delicious, cider will yield very different results in the cocktails we’ve just listed.
The juice version is the one you drink for breakfast. It’s pressed, filtered and sweetened and it’s what we recommend for your cocktails with apple juice.
Apple cider, on the other hand is pressed fresh apples and is usually cloudy, raw and unfiltered. It isn’t sweetened and tends to be earthier and more tart in flavour. Apple cider can sometimes be spiced so check the label before you buy.
And just to confuse things even more, apple cider is not the same as hard cider, which is a fermented alcoholic apple drink. If you’re keen to explore the unfiltered apple cider side of cocktails then check out our 20 Apple Cider Cocktails.