Hot Cider Appletini Cocktail

As Fall approaches I get very excited and dream about the possibilities of the season. When the temps dip and the air is cool and crisp I become more energized. I want to entertain as much as possible. Al fresco dinners on the porch, evenings by the fire, a neighborhood chili cook-off and cocktail parties. Whenever guests come to my house they can expect a signature cocktail for the evening. I did a lot of taste testing for this recipe, possibly too much testing 🙂 Apple cider is plentiful for Fall and I wanted to create a special bev that would embrace the season. Here is my creation of a hot cider appletini cocktail. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Hot Cider Appletini Cocktail

We already love hot cider in our home so this just kicks it up a notch for the appletini.

Hot Cider Appletini Cocktail

I gathered apple cider, apples, sugar and spices. Oh, and vodka 🙂

Hot Cider Appletini Cocktail

I wasn’t kidding when I said that I did a lot taste testing. I wanted to be sure that I got the flavor and spice blend just right. This is the perfect fall time cocktail and it will also be great in the winter too.

Hot Cider Appletini Cocktail

Hot Cider Appletini Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail. More can be made at one time.


  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Rimmer:
  • Brown sugar
  • water
  • Optional garnish:
  • Apple slice


Add all of the above ingredients into a small pot. Heat through until sugar is dissolved and spices are well blended. Do not boil.

Prepare rims of martini glasses. Wet the rim of the glass with water. Dip into brown sugar.

Pour the heated cocktail into the prepared martini glass.

Garnish with apple slice.


The brown sugar rim adds just an extra bit a sweetness.

Hot Cider Appletini Cocktail

All of the ingredients are heated together in a small pot, but do not boil the mixture. You don’t want to burn your mouth and not be able to enjoy your delicious cocktail!

Hot Cider Appletini Cocktail

You just heat the apple cider mixture until the sugar dissolves.

Hot Cider Appletini Cocktail

When pouring the hot cider appletini into your martini glass you can strain the spices to avoid them filling the bottom of your glass. Feel free to adjust the spices and sugar to your taste. Let’s be honest – you can adjust the vodka level too!


An apple slice is the perfect garnish. I can’t wait to make this special bev for all of my family and friends – I hope that you try it too! Cheers to the Fall!


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Hot Cider Appletini Cocktail. Fall cocktail. Hot spiced cider.

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