Easy Fall Apple Cider Spritz Recipe

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If you love a refreshing spritz, this apple spritz made with apple cider is perfect for fall! An easy cocktail that is not only delicious but light and refreshing!

Fall is officially here and that means cooler weather, changing leaves, and of course… apple cider! This year we’re mixing things up a bit with our favorite fall drink – the Apple Cider Spritz. Made with Lillet, lemon juice, apple cider, and Prosecco, this cocktail is light, refreshing, and perfect for sipping on a cool autumn day.

apple cider spritz on a wood platter with a bottle of Lillet.

There is nothing better than apple cider cocktails during the fall! It’s a time when the weather is cooling, but you’re still wanting a refreshing, spritz drink to enjoy. So we made this apple spritz for those afternoons when you just need a good drink to sip.

The flavors of the apple cider and Prosecco go so well together. The Lillet Rose adds light aromas of berries, orange blossom, and grapefruit. You can also use Lillet Blanco for this recipe too.

It’s a great cocktail to serve at a fall festival or even Thanksgiving as it’s simple to make.

What is a Spritz?

A spritz is a refreshing drink made with wine or spirits and something bubbly like sparkling water or Prosecco. It’s perfect for any season, but we especially love it in the fall.

Prosecco, Lillet, wine glasses and apples on a wooden platter.

How to make an Apple Cider Spritz

You’ll need a few simple ingredients to make this drink. I always keep bitters and Lillet on hand to make drinks. You can find them at your local liquor store and they have a long shelf life. You can pick up the apple cider and lemons from your local grocery store.

Lillet Rose – You can use rose or Blanco for this recipe. This sweet liqueur pairs perfectly with apple juice and Prosecco.

Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed lemon juice is always the best.

Apple Cider – You can find apple cider at most grocery stores.

Prosecco – Use any type of Prosecco for this recipe. It doesn’t need to be fancy. We love Riondo for this.

Bitters – A dash of bitters is what we use for this. We use lavender bitters that taste really good. You can use any bitters you have.

adding bitters into a wine glass filled with ice.

Directions

Fill a large wine glass with lots of ice.

Add Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, and apple cider to the glass.

Add 3 drops or dashes of the bitters.

Top with Prosecco and enjoy!

Tips for Making an Apple Spritz

  • This recipe uses about 3 ounces Prosecco, so 1 bottle will give you about 8 drinks.
  • If you want a sweeter drink, add a bit more Lillet Blanc.
  • For a less sweet drink, add more Prosecco.
  • If you want a stronger drink, add more Apple Cider.
  • If you want a weaker drink, add a splash of club soda.
cocktail made with apple cider and garnished with a lemon wedge and edible flower.

Cocktail Garnishes

One of the best things about making cocktails at home is that you can get creative with the garnishes. For this Apple Cider Spritz, we like to garnish with a slice of orange, lemon or apple. You can even add a cinnamon stick in there for a fall feel.

Here are some more options:

  • Dehydrated Orange Slice
  • Lemon Zest
  • Edible Flower
  • Orange Peel
  • Mint Sprigs

But feel free to get creative and use whatever you have on hand. Rosemary, thyme, or even a slice of lemon would be great.

Apple Cider vs Apple Juice

Apple cider is made from freshly pressed apples and has a cloudy appearance. Juice is made from concentrate and has a clear appearance. For this recipe, we recommend using apple cider as it has a fresher flavor.

All About Prosecco

Prosecco is a type of Italian white wine that is light and sparkling. It is made from the grape variety Glera and is typically dry with a slightly fruity flavor. It’s a popular choice for cocktails and spritzes because of its refreshing taste.

apple spritz on a wooden platter.

When to Serve an Apple Sprits

This Apple Cider Spritz is perfect for any fall occasion! Serve it at a Halloween party, Thanksgiving dinner, or just when you’re in the mood for a refreshing cocktail. Here are some of our favorite special occasions and celebrations to serve this drink:

  • Aperitivo Hour
  • Fall Bridal Showers or Baby Showers

What to Serve with an Apple Spritz

This Apple Cider Spritz is light and refreshing, making it the perfect cocktail to enjoy on its own. But if you’re looking for something to nibble on, we recommend:

Fall Cheese Platter

Spiced Nuts or Marinated Olives

Apple chips

Baked Brie with Olives

Apple Cider Donuts

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use instead of Lillet?

A good alternative to Lillet is St. Germain or an Elderflower Liqueur. You can also use an apple liqueur for this recipe too.

What makes a drink a spritz?

A spritz is a refreshing drink made with wine or spirits and something bubbly like sparkling water or Prosecco. It normally has a bitter liqueur and bubbles.

Does a spritz have alcohol?

Yes, a spritz contains alcohol. In this Apple Spritz recipe, we use Lillet Rose which is an alcoholic liqueur. There is also Prosecco as well.

Can I use sparkling white wine instead of Prosecco?

You can use sparkling white wine if you don’t have Prosecco on hand. Prosecco is sweeter and we like it better for this drink as there is no additional sugar added. If you use white wine it will be less sweet.

apple spritz in a wine glass with a lemon wedge.

More Refreshing Cocktails

If you love a good spritz recipe, then you’ll love these cocktails below!

Perfect Aperol Spritz

Apple and Wine Spritz

French Spritz

Sparkling Ginger Prosecco Cocktail

Pomegranate Prosecco Punch

Easy Gin Spritz

Also, check out the best fall cocktail recipes! And if you’re looking for more easy recipes, check out our favorite mixed drinks you can make at home.

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apple cider spritz on a wood platter with a bottle of Lillet.

Apple Spritz

An easy apple spritz made with apple cider is perfect for fall! Made with Prosecco and apple cider, this is a cocktail you’ll want to make this season.
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Lillet
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 3 ounces Prosecco
  • 3 drops bitters

Instructions

  • Fill a wine glass with ice.
  • Add Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, and apple cider to the glass.
    pouring apple cider into a wine glass filled with ice.
  • Add 3 drops (or dashes) bitters
    apple spritz in a wine glass with a lemon wedge.
  • Top with Prosecco.

Notes

  • This recipe uses about 3 ounces of Prosecco, so 1 bottle will give you about 8 drinks.
  • If you want a sweeter drink, add a bit more Lillet Blanc.
  • For a less sweet drink, add more Prosecco.
  • If you want a stronger drink, add more Apple Cider.
  • If you want a weaker drink, add a splash of club soda.

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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