5 Hard Cider Cocktails to Try This Fall

What better way to toast the fall (and escape the looming winter) than with a cider cocktail in hand? Cider lends the perfect seasonal twist to any adult refreshment, bringing both sweetness and acidity to your glass.

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We’ve gathered some tasty cider cocktails for you to serve at your next fireside soirée (or heck, even just after work on a Friday!).

Cranberry Apple Cider Cocktail

This vodka-based cocktail from The Jelly Toast Blog is full of simple fruit flavors that represent the season: cranberry, orange and, of course, apple!

Sparkling Hard Cider Sangria

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The recipe wranglers at Food & Wine have combined touch of fruit and a dash of brandy to make the perfect fall drink. This libation has a hint of sweetness from the cider that complements the apple brandy, with each sip more refreshing than the last! The recipe can easily be scaled up to make a pitcher if you’re hosting a crowd.

Angry Orchard Spiced Orchard

Sweet, spicy and right to the point! Angry Orchard created a seasonal cocktail with a simple ingredient list that really accents the flavors of the cider and complements its crisp apple notes.


  • 4 ounces Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
  • 1 ounce aged rum
  • 0.5 ounce Monin Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • 0.5 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters


Heat all ingredients on the stove until warm.

Pour into a toddy glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick and grated nutmeg.

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

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This is an inspired take on a beloved classic cocktail, the Moscow Mule, from Sugar and Charm. The apple cider gives the traditional mule a real kick with sweet, crisp flavors that complement the powerful ginger beer. Cinnamon adds a hint of warmth and citron vodka and lime juice keep it fresh. This will easily be the hit of your party!

In the Shade by Blake’s Hard Cider Co.

Whiskey loves cider, and cider loves whiskey! Blake’s Hard Cider created a cocktail that balances the spicy warmth of rye whiskey with the bright bitterness of Campari, the aromatic depth of French vermouth and the sweet notes of Flannel Mouth hard cider. Find the recipe here.

What cider cocktails are you shaking up these days? Let us know in the conversation below!

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