This sparkling apple cider punch recipe is full of fall flavor yet unexpectedly light and refreshing. Spike it with spiced rum for an easy cocktail or opt for a non-alcoholic mocktail - it's delicious either way! Plus you can easily scale this recipe up for a crowd or down for a cozy night in.
Last month while planning the menu for Cameron's birthday party, I searched high and low for a simple, refreshing fall cocktail recipe and came up empty handed. I wanted a drink that tasted like fall, so an apple cider cocktail was an obvious choice, but apple cider cocktails tend to be thick and heavy, and I was looking for something lighter. So Alex and I taste-tested a couple of different apple cider pairings, and this easy apple cider punch recipe was the clear winner. Cameron's birthday party was on an 80 degree day in late September, and this apple cider punch was PERFECT for a warm fall day with its balance of apple cider flavor in a light and refreshing drink. I've made this punch several times since - both with and without the alcohol - and it's quickly becoming one of my go-to fall cocktail recipes!
This sparkling apple cider punch could not be any easier to make! All you need is:
- 1 part apple cider
- 1 part ginger ale
- 1 part pineapple juice
- 1 shot (about 1 ½ oz.) spiced rum per serving (booze is optional)
- Ice cubes
- Sliced fruit, cinnamon stick, and/or star anise for garnish (optional)
Ginger ale is the perfect complement to apple cider, and it adds just the right amount of fizz to this sparkling apple cider punch. And I know you're questioning the pineapple juice (I didn't expect to love this pairing, either!), but it balances the apple cider perfectly and really helps to lighten up this cocktail! A shot of spiced rum and some garnish - both totally optional! - complete the cocktail.Print