Spiced Apple Cider Spritz

garnished cocktail with silver platter of cinnamon sticks and sliced apples behind it

This Spiced Apple Cider Spritz is the ultimate Fall cocktail! Loaded with spiced apple cider, dark spicy rum and a splash of seltzer – this drink has it all for the most fun cocktail hour ever! Don’t forget the cinnamon sugar rim! 

Ahhh, it’s time, my friends. Time for another cocktail recipe! 

For a long time, I didn’t post cocktails on OBB because honestly, I didn’t think people really liked them. Then I finally reposted my Lemon Lime Margarita recipe and I found out that people do, in fact, like them! Yay! 

So it’s been a blast, especially this Fall, testing out different cocktails to make for the blog. And this one is my absolute current favorite. 

Why This is my Go-To Fall Cocktail: 

I’m all about pumpkin season, y’all. Seriously – give me the pies, the cookies, the breads, the lattes. But what about the very much underrated apple?!

What about the apple cider?! It so easily gets left behind and it makes me so sad! I wanted to make this cocktail to really let the apple cider shine and stand in the spotlight as it should! 

trader joe's spiced cider

So of course, I used real apple cider. I really love the kind from Trader Joe’s because it’s Spiced! So when you shake it in the bottle, you can see all types of different spices floating around in it which makes it even better! 

For the liquor in this recipe, I used my old faithful: Kraken Dark Spiced Rum. It’s just so good, y’all, and I knew that the spiciness would really add even more to the overall coziness of this drink. 

For the “spritz part”, I used seltzer to add some bubbles to the drink and give it a little bit of carbonation. 

glass with cinnamon sugar rim, ice and apple cider in it with shot glass of rum behind it as well as golden stirring spoon.

My favorite part of the drink?!

I combined turbinado sugar and cinnamon to create a crunchy, spicy and cozy cinnamon sugar rim! 

When you get a bit of the crunchy sugar along with the perfectly melded together apple cider spritz – it’s truly marvelous! 

So let’s get into exactly what you need for this recipe!

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Spiced apple cider (or just normal apple cider) 
  • Dark rum (I prefer Kraken) 
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon 
  • Turbinado sugar 
  • Plain Seltzer or club soda

How to Make a Spiced Apple Cider Spritz: 

Thankfully this isn’t a super hard recipe to follow. 

First, if I want to make a fancy sugar rim, I always make sure to do that first! 

Mix together cinnamon + turbinado sugar (highly recommend this for the crunch) on a small plate. Dip the rim of your glass in water and then in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Make sure the entire rim of the glass is fully coated with the mixture. 

Next, add in ice (if desired). Side note: I really want to get those ice cubes that you keep in the fridge that won’t water down your drink. Has anyone tried those?! Let me know! 

golden spoon stirring the rum and apple cider together in the glass.

It doesn’t really matter the order for the next few things but I always like to do: apple cider first, then rum and then a splash of bubbles for the top! 

For a fancy garnish, I added a cinnamon stick because hello, it’s Fall! 

Simple, easy, delicious. What’s not to love?! 

overhead shot of garnished cocktail with sliced apples, a cinnamon stick and the golden cocktail spoon beside it.


Don’t have rum? No worries! I think bourbon would also go well for this drink since it’s also dark and cozy. 

Want to get really crazy and extra cozy? Try warming up the apple cider and serve the drink in a mug with NO ice! 

straight on shot of hand grabbing garnished drink

No cinnamon stick to garnish? Add thinly sliced apples instead! 

Not a fan of seltzer or club soda? Try ginger beer OR prosecco for an extra fun bubbly twist. 

side view shot of hang grabbing the drink with sliced apples and golden spoon in the background.

However you end up drinking this beverage, I truly hope you enjoy! 

Did you like this recipe? Here are some other cocktail recipes you might enjoy: 

Vanilla Fig Dark and Stormy 

Peach Thyme Spritzer

Raspberry Bourbon Smash 

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Spiced Apple Cider Spritz

This Spiced Apple Cider Spritz is the ultimate Fall cocktail! Loaded with spiced apple cider, dark spicy rum and a splash of seltzer - this drink has it all for the most fun cocktail hour ever! Don’t forget the cinnamon sugar rim!

Course cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider cocktails, apple cider drinks, apple cider rum cocktails, fall cocktails, rum cocktails
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Author Haylie


  • 1/4 cup spiced apple cider
  • 1.5 oz dark spiced rum
  • splash of plain seltzer, club soda or ginger beer to top
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp turbinado sugar
  • ice


  1. On a plate or bowl that you can dip your glass in, mix together cinnamon and turbinado sugar. Dip the rim of your glass in water and then straight onto the cinnamon sugar mixture. Make sure the entire rim is covered!

  2. Add ice to the glass (if desired), followed by the apple cider, rum and a splash of seltzer (or club soda or ginger beer). Stir together with a spoon and enjoy! Garnish with a cinnamon stick or sliced apples.

Recipe Notes

See substitutions above for different ingredients you can use for this drink.



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