15 Delicious Apple Cocktails

Enjoy a Sip of Fall

Washington Apple Cocktail and Shot

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It's hard to resist the sweet fruitiness of a well-made apple cocktail. From martinis and margaritas to punches perfect for autumn parties, there's an apple drink for everyone.

Apple flavor can be added in a variety of ways. You'll find many cocktails that require apple cider or juice, some that use apple schnapps and other liquors like apple-flavored brandy or vodka, and a few that simply use fresh ripe fruit. They're all delicious and surprisingly easy to mix up.

An apple slice garnish is a perfect fit for apple cocktails. However, cut apples turn brown quickly due to a natural reaction when the fruit's white flesh is exposed to oxygen. To keep your garnish looking fresh and beautiful, simply dip it into a shallow dish of lemon juice immediately after cutting it. Shake off any excess juice before adding it to the glass.

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    Apple Margarita

    Apple Margarita

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    You can make margaritas in just about any flavor, and apple is no exception. This recipe uses both apple juice and apple liqueur for double the fall flavor. Which liqueur you choose will further define the tequila cocktail's taste: go with a bright green schnapps for a pucker or a more subdued liqueur for a truer apple flavor. Blend it or shake it as you see fit.

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    Apple Martini

    Apple Martini

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    Appletinis for everyone! It's the drink that adorns nearly every modern martini menu and one of the best-loved vodka drinks. While the green apple schnapps recipe is always a hit, you can also transform it into a dry martini with calvados (an apple brandy) and dry vermouth.

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    Washington Apple

    Washington Apple Cocktail and Shot

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    The Washington apple is another autumn favorite that has delighted drinkers for a few decades. It's made with Crown Royal Canadian Whisky, sour apple schnapps, and cranberry juice. Serve it up or on the rocks for a casual cocktail or mix up a round of shots for a party.

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    Apple Sour

    Colleen Graham's Apple Sour Cocktail

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    Grab your favorite bourbon and mix up a tasty apple sour. The recipe is based on the classic whiskey sour, using apple juice to offset the tart combination of triple sec and lemon juice. It doesn't have the strongest apple flavor, but is a nice, refreshing sipper that's very easy to mix up.

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    Homecoming Caipirinha

    Homecoming Caipirinha with Boca Loca Cachaca

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    The caipirinha is a fantastic cocktail from Brazil that's perfect for a seasonal twist. In this homecoming caipirinha, you'll enjoy the autumnal flavors of fresh Fuji apple, sage, and lemon against the cachaça background. The recipe also adds unfiltered apple juice to make it even more refreshing.

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    Apple Crisp

    Apple Crisp Cocktail

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    Cake-flavored vodka and spiced whiskey come together to create a delicious apple crisp cocktail. This unique recipe is also very easy, pairing the two liquors with maple syrup and apple juice. The result is a semi-sweet, lightly spiced drink that doubles as dessert.

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    Halloween Harvest Punch

    Midori Halloween harvest punch recipe

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    Bright green and absolutely spectacular, the Halloween harvest punch will be your go-to fall party punch. The recipe requires Midori, two rums, and apple and cranberry juices, mixing up in just minutes. Finish it off with a variety of fruits for garnish and it's sure to please all your guests.

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    Bacon Me Angry

    Angry Orchard Hard Cider's Bacon Me Angry Cocktail with Bacon-infused Vodka

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    If you dream about new ways to add bacon to your life, you'll want to try the bacon me angry. This unusual martini begins with homemade bacon-flavored vodka, sweetens things up with maple syrup, and closes with a good-sized pour of hard apple cider.

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    Candy Appley

    Candy Appley Cocktail

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    Salted caramel moonshine and Berentzen apple liqueur form the base of the candy appley cocktail. When you add cranberry juice and a sparkling apple cider, a perfectly balanced drink is yours to enjoy. To make it even more tempting, don't forget to rim your glass with coconut flakes.

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    Hot Apple Toddy

    hot apple toddy

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    Soothing and simple, it's hard to beat a hot apple toddy on a chilly evening. All you have to do is heat up some apple cider, pour in a shot of whiskey or apple brandy, and add a little honey. Garnishing with cinnamon, cloves, and a lemon wedge completes this aromatic autumn drink.

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    Jolly Rancher

    Easy Jolly Rancher Cocktail

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    Got a bottle of green apple vodka in the bar? Then you're just a few steps away from enjoying a Jolly Rancher. This candy-like cocktail mixes the sweet-tart vodka with peach schnapps and cranberry juice for a fun and budget-friendly mixed drink.

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    Old-Fashioned 101

    Old-Fashioned 101 Cocktail

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    Apple cider, sage, saffron, and brown sugar are the featured ingredients in the old-fashioned 101. It's a brilliant recipe that puts a robust bourbon to good use while converting the old-fashioned into a fall drinking delight.

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    Autumn Spiced Tonic

    Autumn Spiced Tonic Cocktail Recipe

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    Create the ultimate autumn dinner party drink by infusing vodka with the flavors of apple, pear, and cinnamon. The vodka is ready in just a few days and is the base for this autumn spiced tonic recipe. It's a simple three-ingredient drink that you can enjoy throughout the cold weather months.

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    Classic Honeymoon Cocktail

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    Recapture the feeling of the 1930s with the classic honeymoon cocktail from the iconic Brown Derby. For this drink, you'll want to seek out a really good apple brandy to pair with the Benedictine, orange curaçao, and lemon juice. It's a refreshing twist on the brandy sour you won't want to miss.

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    Toffee Apple

    Belvedere Vodka's Toffee Apple Cocktail

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    Forget caramel-dipped apples, mix up a toffee apple instead! This simple rendition of the appletini uses citrus vodka, apple and lemon juices, and toffee syrup. That last ingredient is easy to make at home—all you have to do is melt the toffee candy in water.