Caramel Apple Hard Cider

Caramel Apple Hard Cider is a great way to celebrate the coming of fall for all the adults out there. This delicious hard apple cider recipe features cider, caramel sauce, and caramel vodka. It’s so delicious, you’ll definitely need to drink responsibly.

Caramel apple hard cider in mason jar mug on table

There’s nothing better than a party to ring in the new season. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter – all of these seasons deserve their own celebration. And of course, the more parties the better! If you’re looking for a delicious cocktail to serve this fall and winter, then this caramel apple hard cider is for you. It’s full of the flavors of fall along with a nice kick of vodka to really make it pop.

Caramel Apple Hard Cider

Whether we’re headed to or hosting a party or just relaxing after a long, hard day, we love making this delicious cocktail when fall and winter come around. Everyone always thinks of pumpkins this time of year, but it seems like people forget about those apples!

Well, we didn’t. Apples are so classically fall, and we love making apple recipes as much as we do making pumpkin ones. One of our favorite apple-related recipes to make during the fall is this caramel apple hard cider. It’s filled with apples, caramel, and cinnamon, and of course, vodka! This is the perfect cocktail for hosting or attending a party or simply relaxing at the end of the day in front of the fire or the television. It doesn’t hurt that it’s super easy to make, too!

We love the fact that this cocktail is made from ingredients we always have in the house. We always buy apple cider from our local farm stand. Even our market has a great apple cider they get from a local farm stand. So we suggest using your favorite.

This drink is almost too good as it goes down so easy so be careful with this deliciousness!


Closeup of caramel apple hard cider topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

Cold Caramel Apple Hard Cider

If your looking for a cold cocktail instead of a warm drink simple serve this cold. You don’t need to warm up the apple cider. This drink is just as delicious cold as it is warm.

This cocktail works well as a warm drink or cold drink. It really is your choice. either way it’s delicious and has the perfect flavors of Fall.


It only takes a handful of ingredients to make this delicious hard apple cider. You don’t need any special equipment or fancy doodads. You don’t even need a muddler. All you need are five ingredients that you can find easily at your grocery store.

  • Apple Cider
  • Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cinnamon
  • Fresh Apples

**See the recipe card at the end of the post for quantities and cooking times.


Making this caramel apple hard cider is just as easy as shopping for the ingredients. It only takes a few minutes, and you’ll have a batch of delicious spiked cider that everyone will love! Well, every adult, anyway.

Step 1: Warm the Apple Cider

Warm the apple cider in a small saucepan until steamy.

Step 2: Pour

Pour the hot apple cider into your favorite glass.

Step 3: Add the Vodka

Add the Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka.

Overhead shot of vodka being poured into glass of cider

Step 4: Garnish

Finish by garnishing with whipped cream, caramel, and a sprinkle of cinnamon or fresh apples.

Hint: Use a high-quality caramel sauce, as that garnish is one of the first things you’ll taste when you drink this cider.


If you want to personalize this caramel apple hard cider recipe, we have a few ideas that you might like.

Spiced Rum – If you prefer a sort of mulled flavor, give rum a try. It adds a wonderful flavor to the cider.

Add Some Spice – Try adding cinnamon sticks to the cider as you heat it up. You could also add a bit of nutmeg, as well.


This recipe serves two, so there probably won’t be any left over. However, if you make this in a large batch, it will keep for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator.


This is an exceedingly simple cocktail to make, but there are some tips that will help you make it the best it can possibly be. These little tips are the key to taking your caramel apple hard cider from good to great.

High-Quality Cider – Don’t just buy any old cider. Buy the highest-quality cider possible. The flavor is so much better.

Don’t Overheat the Cider – Only heat the cider until it’s steamy. Don’t boil it. The object here is not to reduce it, simply to heat it up.

Sweet Apples – If you garnish your cider with fresh apples, opt for sweet varieties rather than tart ones.

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How long will this cider last?
It will last for about two weeks in the refrigerator.

Can I Increase this Recipe?
Absolutely. Simply increase the amounts by however much you want to make. For 4 servings, double it and so on.

How much vodka should I add?
That’s all personal preference. We like to make ours moderately strong. Remember, it’s a cocktail. If you want shots, just drink the caramel vodka.

What can I serve this cocktail with?
Almost anything! This cocktail is great for parties because it pairs well with both sweet and savory appetizers.

Caramel Apple Hard Cider

Ready to get started? Caramel Apple Hard Cider is the perfect cocktail any time of year! Although it has a Fall feel you can enjoy this any time of year. It’s served at Thanksgiving and every Fall gathering for us now. As a matter of fact it’s requested. Remember that you can print this recipe if you’d like! Once you give it a try you will be going back over and over.

Caramel hard cider in glass on table


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Caramel Apple Hard Cider

This caramel apple hard cider is the perfect adult beverage for the fall. It's delicious with sweet and savory snacks, and so easy to make!
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Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Author: Rob


  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 4 ounces Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
  • whipped cream and caramel sauce for topping
  • Optional: cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, and fresh apples for garnish.


  • In a small sauce pan, warm the apple cider until steamy.
  • Pour into your favorite mug or glass, then add Smirnoff kissed caramel vodka.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and caramel.
  • Optional add a sprinkle of cinnamon, fresh apples, or whatever you prefer. Enjoy!

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