Wade Cothran | Nov 05, 2021

How to Spike Apple Cider: 5 Apple Cocktail Ideas

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It’s that time of year again to fall in love with the autumn flavors - if you’ve exhausted pumpkin spice for the season but still want to soak in the flavor of fall, you’ve come to the right place! We’re here to talk all things apple-related, and that includes sipping on a boozy glass of some spiked apple cider. 

Add a little spook to your drink menu by mixing up these festive apple cocktails -- keep reading for tips on how to spike apple cider this fall and find your next signature cocktail that will complete any party.


Bourbon and Cider Cocktails

That sweet and spicy lingering taste makes bourbon and cider the ultimate pairing. It has just the right ratio of sweet to dry, highlighting that apple flavor that will make your mouth water well into the winter.


Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Apple cider
  • Bourbon 
  • Ginger beer or ginger ale
  • Lemon juice
  • Secret ingredient of choice: check out this recipe for an added twist, using sweet vermouth and orange bitters=

Keep it simple or dress it up with honey, cinnamon, or any other delicious garnishes - add an apple slice to the top for aesthetic! 

You can sip on your bev hot or cold in the Toddy tumbler. These insulated mugs aren’t solely meant for coffee! You can enjoy 16 ounces of your favorite cocktail without having to worry about it becoming quickly cool or diluted.  Plus, this handled mug is 100% leak proof. Cozy up and enjoy your cider cocktail without pesky spillage.


person holding tumbler mug.


Dark Rum and Cider Cocktails

Nights under 40 degrees calls for a cup of hot, spiced cider. Add dark rum for a rich and full body taste. Try out this recipe if you're feeling adventurous in elevating your cider mix. It adds brown sugar and spices to bring out those comforting fall flavors! 


Your supplies? 

  • Apple, thinly sliced
  • Orange, thinly sliced 
  • Whole cloves
  • Apple cider 
  • Dark rum
  • Brown sugar
  • Allspice and/or Nutmeg


Serve it warm with a cinnamon stick garnish for a cozy fall night! Want something a little extra? The Toddy XL has everything we love about the Toddy, just larger. If you want to cuddle up for a night in, the Toddy XL can fit up to 32 oz of beverage. You can sip on your cocktail on the couch, or outside by a bonfire. Whatever adventure you choose, this insulated tumbler will keep your drink toasty. 

woman holding large tumbler mug.


Iced Cinnamon Schnapps and Cider 

Yes, we’ve all been through our Fireball phase, but if you’ve still got a knack for cinnamon, try out these iced cinnamon cider schnapps for a more sophisticated taste. 


Key ingredients: 

  • Apple cider
  • Dark rum
  • Cinnamon schnapps 

That’s right, it’s a short recipe! Who said easy can’t be delicious? If cinnamon isn’t quite up your alley, try substituting for butterscotch schnapps instead for a sweeter pairing. Of course, the drinks wouldn’t be complete without an apple slice skewer for a final garnish!


Cider Rum Punch 

This Apple cider rum punch is the ultimate kick-off drink to get any party started - it's versatile and quite easy to whip up, but this isn’t just your average jungle juice. The spiced concoction is dangerously good and a festive favorite among friends and family.


The blueprints: 

  • Apple, thinly sliced
  • Orange, thinly sliced
  • Whole cinnamon sticks
  • Apple cider
  • Rum
  • Orange juice

Combine all the ingredients in a large serving bowl and let it sit for at least an hour to let the punch soak up all the flavors. Experiment with different spiced or flavored rums to add an extra fruity kick!


Cider Mule

The famous moscow mule you know and love - but make it fall! Pour a bit of apple cider for an added autumn twist on the classic cocktail. Whipping up an apple cider mule is an easy and effortless way to spike any apple cider. Why not enjoy a mule all year round? It’s got all the flavors of fall in just one copper cup! 


The basics:

  • Vodka 
  • Lime
  • Apple cider 
  • Ginger beer or ale

Presentation is everything! Don’t forget to garnish with a lime wedge, thyme sprig, apple slice, or cinnamon and serve your spiked apple cider mule in an iconic copper mug. If you are looking for a travel friendly option, go with a BrüMate Rocks tumbler to add a little extra flare to your drinkware. It’s stylish and functional, ready to tag along wherever the party takes you. 


woman holding cocktail tumbler.

Cozy Up With BrüMate!

Now that you’ve got some great new recipes to spike your apple cider with up your sleeve, it's time to debut them at your next cocktail party! Or celebrate with a cozy night in - grab the fuzzy blankets, light the fire, sip back and drink in a spiced apple cider cocktail to top off any fall evening. They are the perfect touch to any celebration from Halloween to Thanksgiving (or even well into midwinter!)

Check out the growing collection of BrüMate’s spirits and barware for a fresh take on classic cocktail glasses that you can sip on at home, around the campfire, or take out the door on your way to the par-tay!