Spiced Apple Cider Spritz

shot of garnished cocktail with 2 cinnamon sticks and a sliced apple in the background

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! 

This recipe was originally published in October 2020 – I’ve since updated the photos! Enjoy and cheers!

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! 

close up shot of a bottle of Kraken Spiced Rum

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 ginger beer to add some bubbles to the drink and give it a little bit of carbonation. The ginger beer had a nice KICK to it, but you can also just add plain seltzer or club soda!

spiced rum poured into a shot glass sitting in the sun

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 – you can use whatever apple cider your store has in stock!
  • Spiced dark rum – I prefer Kraken, you can find it at most liquor stores! 
  • Ice – you can also shake it with ice if you prefer that!
  • Cinnamon – a must for a cozy fall beverage!
  • Turbinado sugar – this is the classic “raw” sugar and is perfect for the rim, it adds a great texture!
  • Spritz – My favorite is ginger beer, but you can use plain seltzer or club soda as well. The ginger beer adds a delightful spicy kick. 

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! 

coating the rim of the cocktail glass with cinnamon sugar mixture

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 the splash of ginger beer or plain seltzer 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?! 

straight on photo of garnished cocktail sitting in the sun


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

If you want to make this a mocktail, simply skip the rum. Add about 2/3 apple cider and 1/3 ginger beer. 

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

overhead shot of cocktail with hand holding drink

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

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

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 

Spiced Chai Old Fashioned

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 ginger beer, club soda or plain seltzer to top (my favorite is ginger beer!)
  • 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! Taste and adjust recipe if needed. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or sliced apples.

Recipe Notes

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

For a mocktail version, simply leave out the rum and do equal parts apple cider and ginger beer!



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