As the air turns crisp and the leaves start to fall, it's time to enjoy the flavors of autumn. Apples, cinnamon, caramel - these are the tastes that usher in the new season. For a delicious way to welcome fall, try this caramel apple cider cocktail! Whether you're hosting a fall gathering or simply want to enjoy a relaxing evening at home, this caramel apple cider vodka cocktail is sure to become your go-to autumn drink.
Hot or cold, apple cider is the perfect base for so many fall cocktails. But the simple combination of caramel and apple is hard to resist, even in a cocktail.
The easier a cocktail is to make the better it is. And nothing beats this two-ingredient vodka cocktail in the fall.
- apple cider - Don't be fooled by apple juice for this recipe. Apple cider is my flavorful and a better mixer for cocktails.
- caramel vodka - Flavored vodka is a great way to add flavors to any cocktail. It is no different with this caramel vodka that give subtle caramel flavors to the cocktail. If you do not have caramel vodka, mix a bit of caramel syrup with a traditional vodka.
- apple slices and caramel - garnish the cocktail with an apple slice and some caramel sauce like the kind you use for ice cream toppings. You can also top with whipped cream and cinnamon sticks.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Instructions - How do you make a caramel apple drink?
Making this caramel vodka apple cider cocktail recipe as a cold, shaken cocktail is simple.
Start by preparing the glass by edging the rim of the glass with caramel sauce. Then fill with ice.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the cider and caramel vodka. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds until fully combined and chilled.
Pour the shaken caramel apple into the prepared collins glass. If your shaker doesn't have a strainer, pour through one for straining out any apple pulp.
To garnish the cocktail, slice the apple horizontally to form a large slice with the star center. Place a cut halfway through the sliced apple to be able to slide down the glass.
This apple cider cocktail can also be made by the pitcher. This way the cocktail can be quickly stirred when refills or new cocktails are needed.
Hint: For the best results, chill the vodka and apple cider before making the apple cider cocktail.
Variations to an Apple Cider Cocktail
Change up the cocktail with these suggestions.
- Butterscotch Schnapps - Add an ounce of butterscotch schnapps to this caramel apple cocktail. In addition, add a squeeze of lemon juice to cut the sweetness.
- Fireball Whisky - add a shot of the cinnamon whiskey - Fireball to turn this into a caramel apple pie cocktail.
- Mocktail - don't leave the kids and non-alcohol by making an apple cider cocktail by mixing the apple cider with ginger ale and maraschino cherries.
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Make sure the vodka and apple cider are both chilled before making the cocktail. The cold ingredients will make the cocktail stronger with less melting of the ice.
Caramel vodka goes so well with apple cider. Vodka, rum and whiskey all mix well with apple cider marrying the flavors together just like apple pie.
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Caramel Apple Cider Vodka Cocktail
- 2 shots caramel vodka
- 4 shots apple cider
- 1 teaspoon caramel sauce
- 1 apple slice
- Fill a shaker with ice and fill it with vodka and apple cider
- Shake until condensation begins to form on the outside of the shaker.
- Pour the caramel apple cider cocktail into a highball glass.
- Garnish with a apple slice and caramel sauce on the rim of the glass.