Caramel Apple Cider (Vodka Cocktail)

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Don’t you just love fall? The cool crisp air, the beautiful colors of leaves, and all the flavors unique to the season. One of my favorites is apple cider, a delicious fresh beverage that is always best in fall.

Apple cider vs apple juice – what’s the difference?

Apple cider is the term used in the US and Canada for an unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic beverage made from apples. (Wikipedia) Liquid is extracted from the apples, and is typically cloudy appearing due to the presence of fine apple particles in suspension. It is traditionally considered a “fresh” beverage but all US commercial producers are now required to pasteurize or irradiate apple cider in order to reduce the risk of pathogens.

By contrast, apple juice is always filtered and pasteurized. However, there are now some producers who sell “unfiltered” apple juice. Clearly, this is increasingly becoming an area of blurred lines.

It is also worth noting that in other parts of the world, the term “cider” refers to an alcoholic drink. In the US, the drink is considered “hard cider” if it contains alcohol.

This cocktail specifically calls for apple cider, however I have used a good apple juice as a substitute and was just as delighted with the result. It’s always good to have options. 😃

Ingredients needed for this caramel apple cider vodka cocktail

Only 2 ingredients needed:

  • Apple cider (or juice – see above)
  • Caramel flavored vodka

Optional ingredients: apple slices and/or cinnamon sticks for garnish. You could also dust the rim with cinnamon sugar if desired. Entirely optional but very fun. 😀

apple cider vodka drinks with apples and cinnamon

I dusted with a brown sugar-cinnamon mix. Very yummy!

How to make this cocktail

Start by filling a glass with ice. Pour in a shot of caramel flavored vodka. Fill with apple cider and stir.

Garnish with apples and/or a cinnamon stick.

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Tastes just like a caramel apple!

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5 from 16 votes

Caramel (Vodka) Apple Cider

This cocktail combines caramel flavored vodka with apple cider – tastes just like a a caramel apple!
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 176kcal
Author: Sula


  • 1.5 oz caramel flavored vodka
  • 6 oz apple cider or juice
  • optional: apple slices/cinnamon stick for g


  • Fill glass with ice.
  • Pour in a shot of flavored vodka.
  • Fill glass with apple cider.
  • Garnish as desired and serve.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

Other options

Can I make this drink with hot apple cider?

On cool day you sometimes just need a warm drink. I love hot apple cider, so of course had to try some with a little caramel vodka added in. Yes, it is just as delicious as the cold version.

Will any apple juice work to substitute?

I can’t speak to all brands, obviously. As I mentioned above, I tried a good apple juice. To me, that’s the kind that is in the refrigerated section and also looks like it has a little sediment in the container. Mostly because I was trying to find something as close as possible to real apple cider.
My best guess is, if you like the apple juice, then you will also like it in this drink. 😀

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20 thoughts on “Caramel Apple Cider (Vodka Cocktail)

  1. 5 stars
    Are you trying to get us drunk?! Because that’s what happens when you make a drink this delicious. Thank you so much for your service. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    The flavor is fantastic and makes me happy just thinking about this drink. Did not know about the cider/hard cider. Very interesting.

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