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Easy Spiked Apple Cider Batch Cocktail Recipe


It’s spiked apple cider time of year! By far, one of my favorite fall cocktails. Have you ever tried it?

Overhead white table with apple cider cocktails in coupe glasses with cinnamon sticks

I’ve been making this spiked apple cider for the past few years and it never fails! It’s the perfect fall cocktail to warm you up and get you into a cozy atmosphere.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved (non-alcoholic) homemade apple cider too. But then I tried the spiked version years ago at some holiday party and I can’t go back.

It tastes great and it warms you up like no one else has.

That’s why I’m sharing the easy recipe, in case anyone needs holiday cocktail ideas that can be made in large batches like this one. And because it can be batched, it’s perfect for fall parties.

Apples, oranges and cinnamon sticks floating in spiked cider punch bowls

Is Apple Cider Just Apple Juice?

No, apple cider and apple juice are not the same.

The main difference between the two is that apple cider is fresh and unfiltered apple juice. It has a more earthy flavor and is often unpasteurized.

However, apple juice is filtered, pasteurized, and tastes sweeter and smoother.

In addition, apple juice is available year-round in grocery stores. Whereas, apple cider is often only found in the fall months, as it is widely considered to be an autumn drink, not a year-round drink.

Does All Apple Cider Contain Alcohol?

No, fresh apple cider does not contain alcohol. But ‘hard cider’ does. Hard cider is the adult version of apple cider and is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented apple juice.

Is Spiked Apple Cider a Good Cocktail for Holiday Parties?

Definitely! Spiked apple cider is great for making batch cocktails for holidays and fall parties. Why? Because they make things easier for the host and it also looks beautiful and festive. They may also feel inclined to help restock when the punch bowl gets low (since it’s easy to spot). Win-win!

What I love most about big batch cocktails like this is that they can be served in punch bowls.

This means guests can serve themselves, making it easy for guests to eat as little or as much food as they want. Without asking the host to create something.

Bonus! The fact that I get a chance to break out my rarely used (very beautiful) punch bowl is also a great incentive.

Great Cocktails for a Holiday Potluck

Bringing/making a holiday potluck can also be a great option once all the food is covered.

And I promise the host will love that someone thought to bring a spiked punch to the party. However, you might want to check ahead of time.

Suffice it to say, if you’re hosting a holiday party or calling a few guests over for something low-key, I strongly recommend this recipe.

What wine goes well with apple cider?

In general, apple cider goes best with dark spirits. Examples of dark spirits would be: whiskey, dark rum (or spiced rum), brandy, and even your favorite bourbon.

Should Apple Cider be Served Hot or Cold?

Both! This special fall cocktail recipe can be served hot or cold.

Punch bowl filled with cider, apples, cinnamon sticks and oranges

Ingredients for Simple Cider Whiskey Punch

  • 4-6 cups of your favorite whiskey – The amount you add to this recipe will depend on how strong you like your drink.
  • 6 cups apple cider, not apple juice – Apple cider can be made at home or purchased from a store. If you’ve made homemade apple cider before starting this recipe, why not completely turn it into a fall outing and visit an apple orchard to pluck some apples at a local farm. This will make your cider taste fresher (and tastier).
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water – If you decide not to use ice, double the amount of water.
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp nutmeg
  • Honey to taste (optional)
  • Garnish – Cinnamon sticks, star anise, orange slices, apple slices, whole cloves and edible flowers are all great options for this.

How to Make Spiked Cider Whiskey Punch

Spiked apple cider is an autumn favorite of a lot of people. And with good reason.

Just thinking about serving a warm apple cider cocktail on a cold day makes me warm inside.

But the good news is, hot spiked cider isn’t the only way you can serve this festive drink.

You can even serve the Homemade Apple Cider Cocktail chilled!

Which, as you can probably guess, is a great way to save some time and energy. No big pot or stove pot required.

1. Mix the main ingredients.

Combine whiskey, apple cider, lemon juice and water.

In which all ingredients are listed, except for the last line of embellishments. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg.

2. Shake and Pour.

Shake again. Pour over ice.

3. Mix honey if you want.

Add honey as per taste if required. This is a matter of priority. Honey balances the wine. But it is not for everyone. So take a quick sip of your cocktail and decide whether you want to add some honey or leave it as it is.

4. Add embellishments if desired.

My favorite way to add the final touches to these cocktails is to garnish them with some edible garnishes. This might even get you an extra brownie point or two among your guests because it looks so tempting.

Add whole cinnamon sticks, fresh oranges, candied orange peel, apple pieces and orange balls to the decorative top floaters.

*Additional Tip – If it’s a particularly chilly winter evening, try making this recipe on the stove in a large pot of hot drinks that everyone can drink.

Grab the cinnamon sticks and toss them in when serving as a little decoration.

Cocktail in coupe glass with dramatic lighting

This type of drink is a personal favorite in cold weather. Speaking of cocktails…

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Now that you have all the details, scroll to the bottom of this post for printer-friendly recipe cards.

PS here is my link punch bowl And my coupe glasses,

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Overhead Spiked Cider in coupe glass with flower and cinnamon stick

Spiked cider cocktail in coupe glasses topped with cinnamon stick

Easy Spiked Cider Recipe in a Punch Bowl with Sliced ​​Oranges and Apples

(Easy) Spiked Cider Holiday Punch Recipe

Make this easy Spiked Cider Whiskey Punch in batches to save time and allow guests to serve themselves. It’s the perfect holiday cocktail for parties and can be served hot or cold.

prep time5 minutes

total time5 minutes

Keyword: Apple Cider Recipe, Christmas Cocktails, Holiday Cocktails, Holiday Punch, Spiked Cider

Servings: 12 cocktail

Calories: 253kcal

  • 4 cup of whiskey It depends on how fast you like your drinks
  • 6 cup of cider Stay away from any apple juice from concentrate
  • .5 cup fresh lemon juice
  • .5 cup water If you omit using ice, double this amount.
  • 1.5 spoon cinnamon
  • 1.5 spoon nutmeg
  • Cinnamon sticks, apple pieces, and orange balls (optional for floating on top)
  • Combine whiskey, cider, lemon juice and water.

  • Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg. Shake again.

  • Pour over ice and add cinnamon sticks, apple pieces and orange balls to top floaters.

Tip: If it’s a particularly chilly winter evening, try making this recipe on the stove in a big pot for a hot drink everyone can drink.
Grab the cinnamon sticks and toss them in when serving as a little decoration.

to serve: 12Yes , Calories: 253kcal , Carbohydrates: 14Yes , Protein: 1Yes , thick: 1Yes , Saturated fat: 1Yes , Sodium: 5MG , Potassium: 119MG , Fiber: 1Yes , Sugar: 12Yes , vitamin C: 1MG , Calcium: 12MG , Iron: 1MG

I hope my favorite fall drink recipe makes the colder months a little brighter. Now I want to hear from you.

Have you made spiked cider or any kind of batch cocktail for holiday parties in the past?

what did you make? I look forward to hearing what you are making this holiday season.



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