Sparkling Apple Cider Cocktail

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PREP TIME 5 min

Cocktail Type

Vodka

Great for

Fall

Difficulty

Easy

Sparking Apple Cider on a beige cloth

Pimp your everyday fizzy apple juice with our delicious Sparkling Apple Cider cocktail recipe. It’s a delightfully zesty sip that’s easy to love and made in a minute. All you need for this simple pour are four basic ingredients. Let’s get mixing!

 

QUICK TIPS

01

Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the zestiest sip 

02

For a pear twist, try this recipe with your favorite perry 

03

Pair this cocktail perfectly with fall predinner snacks, roast turkey or spicy foods 

INGREDIENTS

MAKE FOR

1 Person

1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

0.25 Oz

7.5 Ml

0.25 Parts

lemon juice, freshly squeezed
a dash of orange bitters
Sparkling apple cider to top
To garnish a slice of apple and a sprig of thyme
Ice 

INSTRUCTIONS

01

Add the vodka, lemon and bitters to a cocktail shaker or mason jar with a handful of ice

02

Shake for 10-20 seconds until it’s icy cold 

03

Strain into a tumbler, add an apple slice and top with cider

04

Garnish with thyme 

How to make a Sparkling Apple Cider Vodka cocktail

All you need is your favorite sparkling apple cider, a decent-quality vodka (Skyy Vodka is delish), some freshly squeezed lemon juice, and orange bitters.

To pour the best fizzy apple juice cocktail, the trick is to get all your ingredients icy cold before adding the cider. Carbonated drinks and ice aren’t the best of friends as ice will kill all the fizz. So, mix your vodka, lemon, and bitters together in a shaker with ice. Give it a vigorous shake and strain into your glass. Top up with your sparkle and enjoy!

For extra elevation, wipe the rim of your tumbler with cut lemon and dip it into a mix of cinnamon sugar to add sweet crunchy texture on every sip.

What else goes well with Sparkling Apple Cider?

Cocktails made with sparkling apple cider are also worth trying with alternative spirits, especially if your cupboard is stocked with other things. Don’t miss out on this divine cocktail just because you’re not a vodka fan!

  • Bourbon is a fantastic addition to a Sparkling Apple Cider Bourbon cocktail. Swap out vodka for a delicious bourbon like Wild Turkey Bourbon. It will add more citrus notes with strong vanilla and soft fruit
  • If you’re a lover of gin cocktails, gin makes a delicious variation to this Sparkling Apple Cider cocktail. A fabulous choice would be a Bickens Gin and, if you’re a grapefruit fan, try a tasty pink gin
  • An aged rum would give this Sparkling Apple Cider cocktail all the caramel apple pie flavors. Try a silky smooth Signature Appeleton Estate for a delicious fall twist
  • For a tasty mocktail, just ditch all the spirits and use a fizzy apple juice instead
  • Food-wise, pair this Sparkling Apple Cider cocktail with spice as this fizzy sip can calm the burn when eating medium spiced dishes. It’s also a good match with warm pastry-based or creamy bites when serving pre-dinner drinks. Finally, it’s a winner to serve with Thanksgiving dinner as it goes well with a roast turkey or roast chicken

What does sparkling apple cider taste like?

If you’re a newbie to cocktails made with sparkling apple cider, it’s simply like drinking fizzy apple juice. It has a crisp green apple flavor with a light fruity bubble. Sparking apple cider sweetness and fermentation does vary depending on the brand so you may want to try a few to find your personal fave.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Looking for other boozy options for your cocktails made with sparkling apple cider? Bourbon, gin, vodka or an aged rum would be delicious too!