Chilled sparkling apple cider tastes amazing as a mocktail or a cocktail. Either way it’s a perfect Fall drink for Thanksgiving or Christmas that everyone raves about!! Think copycat Martinellis cider recipe your whole family will love.
For a recent brunch I decided to make a chilled sparkling apple cider and it was wonderful. Perfect for everyone in the family and filled with flavors of Fall its sure to please everyone coming over to visit. Sponsored by Chinet®.(affiliate links present)
Sparkling Apple Cider Non Alcoholic
It’s Fall!! I’m all about family, friends, and anything pumpkin and/or apple flavored this time of year. Grab a few of your favorites as the store and get ready! We will use fresh Fuji or Granny Smith as a garnish with a bottle of cider as the base for this.
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Sparkling Apple Cider Recipe
Yes you can buy it already bottled and bubbly but you may want a copycat Martinelli’s recipe to make a large batch cheaper. I mean those bottles can really add up if you are going to have more than a few couples at your get together y’all. Now we do love making hot apple cider but cold can be made into a cool cocktail too.
Sparkling Apple Cider Cocktail
You can make this for adults, kids or for both. Using ginger ale, Sprite or 7 up works for kids. For the other you can spike it with either rum or vodka depending on your preferences.
What is sparkling apple cider?
- If you’ve bought the popular Martinelli’s brand you probably have a good idea what this is. Bottled this way is not how it was once made though.
Authentic sparkling cider is actually a naturally carbonated beverage made from unfiltered apple cider, not mechanically carbonated. Sparkling apple juice is often confused with it, and sometimes even labeled as such.
If you want to make your own, this is how you do it. It’s the perfect drink for Fall really. You can make it as a mocktail or cocktail…your choice. 😉 I had a few families coming over so I decided to make this one non alcoholic, and it didn’t last long.
I love cooking and decorating during the holidays but let’s be honest. When you work full time and have kids time is of the essence. I have ideas though! Make this drink, throw up some burlap garland and celebrate!
My philosophy when it comes to recipes is if I can’t find what I need at my local store and/or I don’t have a spice I need at home I probably won’t make it.
Homemade Sparkling Cider
First you’ll want to prepare your glasses. When I have a party or have people over the last thing I want to do when they leave is clean up….so I am all about disposable plates and glasses (but want them to look nice too).
Even though I made this apple cider sangria non alcoholic didn’t mean I couldn’t use cute Chinet® Cut Crystal® wine glasses. They are the perfect size, add a sparkle to the already “sparkling” drink, and can be tossed at the end of the night.
Now put a mixture of cinnamon and sugar on a small plate, dampen the edge of the glass (wet paper towel will do).
Gently press into the mixture (rotating the glass from side to side) just so it leaves a little on the rim for taste and “prettiness”.
Chilled sparkling apple cider
The only two ingredients are really apple cider and ginger ale, seriously, that is it!! Of course I garnish it with apples and cinnamon sticks but the base is super easy, I told you it would be. 😉
Looking for other holiday recipes to enjoy?
- Apple pie bread pudding
- Best Crockpot apple crisp
- Crockpot hot apple cider
- My favorite Pineapple Rum Cocktail
- Sparkling cranberry sangria
Do you chill sparkling cider?
Cider should best be served chilled, not warm. Most people prefer that it is not ice-cold, but that is preference really. If it’s too cold the flavor is muted. You want it to be refreshing.
If you do want to get the full flavor, a temperature of around 46–50 degrees is perfect.
What alcohol is good in apple cider?
- Rye Whiskey
- Rum is what I prefer
- Beer, a blonde version is good
- Tequila is sometimes a favorite, not for me
- Sparkling Wine
This is a perfect refresher for brunch, Christmas morning, or when people come over to your house! A real hit during the Fall when apple everything is all the rage. 😉 It’s really pretty too if you ask me (which is always of the utmost importance right). Happy Fall Y’all!
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Chilled Sparkling Apple Cider
- 1 pitcher
- Keep cider and ginger ale in fridge until you are ready to create and serve this (keeps effervescence in ale longer).
- Put ice in pitcher and then combine ale and cider (this recipe makes 1 liter). Add slices of apple and a cinnamon stick on top.
- Serve with glasses lined with cinnamon and sugar along the rim of the glasses. Serve in Chinet Cut Crystal wine cups or tumblers with a bit of ice!
- If you want to make this into a cocktail you could add a few shots of rum or coconut rum, depending on how spiked you want it.