November 14, 2022 by Karl Tessendorf
Apple has long been one of the world’s favorite flavors. 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 savory 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 your playground, so try sweetened or unsweetened apple juice or even apple purée in your cocktails. As the weather starts to turn, 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 this fall.
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 hand. Drinkers just couldn’t get enough of its sweet and sour Jolly Rancher apple flavor. The hype has slowed in recent years, but everyone loves a good comeback story. And we think the Apple Martini is ripe for one.
Few drinks bring the fiesta like a Margarita and if you’re looking to host a fall fiesta, then let us introduce the Apple Margarita. It’s the beach bar cocktail you know and love but with a glorious apple pie twist. It’s infused with apple juice or cider, sour apple schnapps and finished with a fragrant cinnamon-sugar rim for maximum holiday nostalgia. Even if you’ve never had one before, the flavor will be a familiar one, and this apple juice cocktail recipe gets Granny Smith’s stamp of approval.
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 purée 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 Prosecco, 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 hefty fruit flavors 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 that 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 different results in your cocktails. The juice version is the one you drink for breakfast. It’s pressed, filtered, and sweetened and it’s great for cocktails with apple juice.
Apple cider is just pressed fresh apples and it’s usually cloudy, raw, and unfiltered. It isn’t sweetened and tends to be earthier and more tart in flavor. Apple cider can sometimes be spiced, so check the label before you buy. Be sure to store it in the fridge so that it doesn’t start to ferment.
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.