cranberry apple cider cocktail

Apple season is here and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I am welcoming fall with open arms and an entire season of fabulous autumn cocktails, starting with this Cranberry Apple Cider Cocktail. It’s simple, but lovely and crisp and full of cranberry, orange and crisp apple.

Cranberry Apple Cider Cocktail

It’s been a quiet week here in the old blog-o-sphere, but while it’s been nothing but tumble weeds here, I feel like I’ve been running around like the preverbal headless chicken. The week has been full of juggling projects, school work, attempting to eat a few more salads (and a few fewer cookies), getting dinner on the table and still having a few minutes at night to unwind and let my thoughts settle.

After a particularly harried week, I wanted nothing more than to immerse myself in the flavors of the season: apples with cranberry and orange. This trio are the rock stars behind my grandma’s cranberry relish that is a staple on our Thanksgiving table. And while I promise to hold off Thanksgiving talk until at least November, there is no holding back my love of apple anything.

Cranberry Apple Cider Cocktail

I’m no stranger to apple cocktails (I’ve got a list of more apple cocktails at the bottom of this post – just keep scrolling to check them out!) and during a recent trip to the grocery store I was met face-to-face with a hard cider and pumpkin beer display. “Oh, joy! Fall is here, baby!” I thought, will mentally doing fist pumps.

I knew my cocktail inspiration for the week had been decided: a hard cider cocktail. I had so many ideas swimming through my head, I realized that I would need to explore a few different options, but settled on this simple and incredibly fresh and crisp Cranberry Apple Cider Cocktail to kick off September. I added a bit of cranberry juice, orange juice and vodka to my favorite apple ginger hard cider (Angry Orchard) and all was right in my world. I love simple cocktails with a few high quality ingredients and this one is definitely a keeper.

Cranberry Apple Cider Cocktail

Happy Friday!

Cranberry Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail


2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice, strained
1 ounce vodka
1 bottle hard cider, chilled (I used Angry Orchard Apple Ginger)
apple slice for garnish


Fill glass and cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, orange juice and vodka to the cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into ice filled glass. Top off the glass with the hard cider and garnish with apple slice. Sip and enjoy!
September 5th, 2014

Interested in more swoon-worthy apple cocktails? I’ve got you covered!

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Spiked Caramel Apple Cider

Apple Sangria |

Apple Sangria

Rum Cider |

Rum Cider

22 Responses to “cranberry apple cider cocktail”

  1. Mimi — September 5, 2014 @ 8:40 am (#)

    This sounds fabulous. I can tell you live in the northern hemisphere! I never had hard cider until I went to London, and fortunately, I’m now able to buy it where I live. Such great stuff!!! Love the recipe. I’ve never thought to do anything with it except to drink it as is!

    • Emily — September 21, 2014 @ 10:13 pm (#)

      Hard Cider is such a great drink in the Fall! I am thrilled that there are so many options now 🙂 Glad you’re able to find it where you are, Mimi!

  2. Shaina — September 9, 2014 @ 2:52 pm (#)

    Well, aren’t you lovely. Bookmarking for a Friday happy hour.

    • Emily — September 21, 2014 @ 10:13 pm (#)

      Thanks so much, Shaina!

  3. Paula - bell'alimento — September 9, 2014 @ 4:33 pm (#)

    Girl you know how to do cocktails.

    • Emily — September 21, 2014 @ 10:13 pm (#)

      They’re my fave!!

  4. Thalia @ butter and brioche — September 9, 2014 @ 5:05 pm (#)

    I am a massive apple cider fan! I have never made an apple cider cocktail before, definitely need to try the recipe!

    • Emily — September 21, 2014 @ 10:14 pm (#)

      cider is so great on it’s own, but it’s awesome as the base for simple cocktails, too! Thanks for stopping by, Thalia!

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  9. Cj — September 27, 2014 @ 11:54 pm (#)

    Drinking this now.. Even my picky bf enjoys it. Yum!!!

    • Emily — October 2, 2014 @ 5:03 pm (#)

      Awesome, Cj! Glad to hear it!

  10. Emily — October 2, 2014 @ 4:51 pm (#)

    I’m looking for a drink to serve at a party. How well do you think this would translate into a larger recipe? Looks tasty!
    Thank you!

  11. Emily — October 2, 2014 @ 5:07 pm (#)

    Hi Emily,
    If I were going to make this for a larger group, I would cut down a step and mix up the cranberry, orange juice and vodka in a large batch ahead of time and chill – just keep the same proportions. Then just portion that mixture out (4oz or 1/2 cup per glass) and top with the hard cider.
    Thanks for stopping by!

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