The Best Homemade Apple Cider Cocktail Ever!


I truly enjoyed this drink for days and it is my beloved cocktail for fall. Not only was the cocktail incredible, but the process of making homemade apple cider was so much fun! The apples boiling in the pot with fall spices made the house smell so incredible. I couldn’t help but smile the whole time it was brewing! I’ve mentioned before that I completely admire fall aromas and there really is no better scent than a giant pot of apples simmering for hours, yum. To make the cocktail I used BelleWood Vodka, a handcrafted vodka made from… are you ready? Apples, ahhh! They only sell it in Washington state though and you can’t order it online, so you can use Harvest Spirits Core vodka which is the same type of spirit. Or just use your favorite vodka. I thought I liked vodka and lemonade, but I love vodka and apple cider even more! The process of making cider isn’t too difficult…it takes time because the apples need to boil for a few hours, but once you have everything in the pot, you can step away and let the aroma overtake your home.

Homemade Apple Cider (makes 5 cups cider)
10-12 apples, cut into fours without core
1/2 cup sugar, or if you want it less sweet add just 1/4 cup
6 cinnamon sticks or 1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
8 cups water (or enough to fill the pot a few inches above the apples)


Place apples in a large stockpot with water. Stir in the sugar, spices and add in the cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil for 1 hour. Then cover and simmer for another hour.


Place a strainer over a large bowl and pour the mixture in the strainer. Discard the apples. Strain the cider again through a cheese cloth by placing it over a bowl. This will ensure all the chunks are removed.

Pour into a glass pitcher and refrigerate.


Apple Cider Cocktail

Fill an 8 oz glass to the top with ice.
Pour 1 shot (or more if you want to get crazy ; )) of any Core Vodka made from apples or your fave vodka over the ice and fill the rest with cider. Try to avoid fake “apple-flavored vodka”
Stir to mix ingredients and garnish with a cinnamon stick and an apple slice.
Enjoy the most delicious fall cocktail ever! Yum yummy yumminess!!

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34 responses to The Best Homemade Apple Cider Cocktail Ever!

  1. November 5, 2012

    This looks delicious!

    1. Eden
      October 11, 2014

      Thanks Megan!! Hope you like it!

  2. Kim
    November 5, 2012

    I know what I’m doing with all my apples… 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  3. November 5, 2012

    This looks well worth the work!

  4. November 5, 2012

    This looks absolutely delicious! You should also check out my recent blog post about APPLES too, as I just made Apple Cinnamon Chimichanga’s that would go great with your cider! (I even have a printable PDF with recipe & photo’s too)

  5. November 6, 2012

    Oh, when can I have my next vodka with a delicious cocktail like this…. I hope to share this with my friends too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. This is awesome.

    1. Eden
      October 11, 2014

      Thanks so much Lorry!! You’ll love it!

  6. March 14, 2013

    Ha Ha, the same thing came to my mind too….. This is delicious…

  7. Laura
    September 24, 2013

    Yum!! I did spiced cider in the crockpot at Halloween last year and added some rum. It was a delicious hot drink. I’m wondering if your apple cider recipe could be made in the crockpot as well?

    1. Eden
      October 11, 2014

      Thanks Laura! Sounds delicious! Yes, you can make apple cider in a crockpot. Thanks for the comment and stay charming!

  8. December 20, 2013

    Do I peel the apples first???

    1. Eden
      December 20, 2013

      No 🙂 Leave the skin on them…

  9. stephanie a
    October 5, 2014

    how long can you keep this in the fridge?

    1. Eden
      October 6, 2014

      Hi Stephanie! The apple cider is good for about 4-5 days in the fridge 🙂

  10. Jane
    October 8, 2014

    This looks so delish! I would love to use this for my next get together. I don’t think I can purchase the actual vodka you used (not sold in VA)…is there an alternate brand you would recommend? Thanks!

  11. jay
    October 26, 2014

    Do you recommend a specific type of apple or a blend? Anyone tried mixing this with gin?

    1. Eden
      October 28, 2014

      I usually use a variety of apples for sweetness and tartness. I’ve never tried gin, but it sounds pretty good to me!

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