Mulled Apple Cider Cocktail

To start off your Thanksgiving feast on a sweet and autumn-y note, try this amazing cocktail. It’s got the warmth of flavor from the mulled cider and the bubbly good feeling of the sparkling wine. A lot of us felt it was like a fall Sangria. What better way to start off a great night? It was definitely the perfect starter to our Pre-Thanksgiving feast this last Sunday! I ended up drinking them most of the night!

Read on for the recipe and photos…


(Alex’s Day Off, Episode: Lunch With Friends, Season: 1)

NOTE: I doubled the recipe to serve about 12 – 14 people – those are the amounts you see here

2 qts. apple cider

6 cinnamon sticks

2 knobs of bruised fresh ginger

6 whole cloves

Couple pinches of nutmeg

1 firm red apple such as Rome Braeburn Fuji or Royal Gala washed, cored, peeled, and cut into small cubes

1 large, firm green apple such as Granny Smith washed, cored, peeled, and cut into small cubes

2 large lemons juiced

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 bottles dry Cava or other dry sparkling wine (Prosecco is delicious in this)


  • In a medium pot, over medium heat, add the cider, cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, cloves and nutmeg.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Reduce by half and taste for seasoning – this takes a while – maybe 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl add the apples, lemon juice and sugar. Toss to coat and add to the cider.
  • Refrigerate. When ready to serve the cocktails, pour the cider and apple pieces into champagne flutes (about halfway) and top with the Cava. Stir and serve.

Cheers! Here’s to the beginning of a very happy and hearty holiday season! *clink*

4 Responses to “Mulled Apple Cider Cocktail”
  1. Doctordrink says:

    Like this recipe a lot – see my take on mulled wine over at Doctordrink….

  2. david says:

    makes me want to drink alchoholic beverages

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