Cranberry apple cider mocktail is an easy recipe that’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Make holiday entertaining festive and fun with the sugar rimmed glasses and garnishes.  You can make this stunning, low-calorie drink for one or for a crowd.  It’s a winner!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
doing a toast with two glasses of cranberry apple mocktail
Beverages, Christmas, Thanksgiving

Cranberry Apple Cider Mocktail

Cranberry apple cider mocktail is a simple recipe that’s perfect for holiday entertaining, or just celebrating the weekend.  With this recipe, you can make this stunning, low-calorie drink for one person (yay me!) or you can be generous and make it for a crowd.  Did someone say party? 🥂

doing a toast with two glasses of cranberry apple mocktail

What are the benefits of drinking 100% cranberry juice?

  • It helps protect against cancer, as the phytochemicals in it act as antioxidants.
  • Anti-inflamnatory properties in the phytonutrients help prevent gum disease.
  • It improves digestive health.
  • Cranberry juice can help clear up a urinary tract infection (UTI).

two glasses of cranberry apple mocktail

What can you mix with cranberry juice?

  • apple cider or apple juice
  • orange juice
  • lemon juice
  • pineapple juice
  • sparkling mineral water
  • ginger beer or ginger ale
  • clear lemon-lime soda

holding a glass of cranberry apple mocktail

How to Make Cranberry Apple Mocktail

Start with a homemade simple syrup.  Mix equal parts water with sugar in a small saucepan over medium high heat.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved, then pour it into a shallow container and let it cool in the freezer for 10 minutes.

simple syrup for cranberry apple mocktail

Gather all the ingredients.  Juice the lemons, and cut one into wedges.  Rinse and pat dry the rosemary sprigs.

ingredients for cranberry apple mocktail

To decorate the rims, run a lemon wedge along the rim to wet it and add flavor.

wetting the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge for cranberry apple mocktail

Turn the glass upside down and twirl it in the sugar.

dipping the glass in sugar for cranberry apple mocktail

Carefully pour all the liquid ingredients, except the sparkling mineral water, into the glass.  If you’re making a larger batch, pour all the liquid ingredients except the mineral water into a large pitcher.  Stir, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

fruit juices in a glass for cranberry apple mocktail

When ready to serve, pour in the sparkling mineral water and stir again.

stirring a glass of cranberry apple mocktail

Garnish with three fresh or frozen cranberries and a two-inch rosemary sprig.

two glasses of cranberry apple mocktail

It’s that simple, and trust me, it will be gone in a flash.  It’s that good.  Seconds anyone?

Pro Tips

  • Want to add crushed ice?  Make sure to intensify the flavors by upping the orange bitters and simple syrup.
  • Want it to look more red?  Decrease the apple cider to 2 tablespoons per glass.
  • Want another garnish?  Try green and red apple cubes, leaving the skin on for added color.
  • Want this for a party?  Make a pitcher full, and prep the glasses and the garnishes ahead of time.  Let guests pour in their own sparkling mineral water.

Treat yourself to these other fall drinks.

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Did you make this cranberry apple cider mocktail?  We’d love to hear how you enjoyed it in the comments below!

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doing a toast with two glasses of cranberry apple mocktail

Cranberry Apple Cider Mocktail


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 1 glass
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Cranberry apple cider mocktail is an easy recipe that’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Make holiday entertaining festive and fun with the sugar rimmed glasses and garnishes.  You can make this stunning, low-calorie drink for one or for a crowd.  It’s a winner!


Ingredients

For the Drink

  • 2 cups apple cider, chilled (5 tablespoons for individual glass)
  • 2 cups orange juice, chilled (5 tablespoons)
  • 4 cups unsweetened cranberry juice, chilled (7 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1 to 3 large lemons (1 teaspoon)
  • 2 teaspoons orange bitters (1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1/3 cup simple syrup, chilled (see notes) (2 teaspoons)
  • 1 3/4 cup sparkling mineral water, chilled (1/4 cup)

For the Garnish (Per Glass)

  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 rosemary sprig

Instructions

  1. To decorate the rim of the glass, take a lemon wedge and run it along the rim of the glass.  Turn the glass upside down and twirl in the sugar.
  2. To build the drink inside the glass, carefully pour in the apple cider, orange juice, cranberry juice, lemon juice, orange bitters, simple syrup, and the sparkling mineral water.  Stir with a long handled spoon.
  3. To make a larger batch, pour all the liquid ingredients except the sparkling mineral water into a pitcher.  Stir, then keep in the fridge.  When ready to serve, stir again and pour carefully into each glass until it is three-quarters full.  Top off with the sparkling mineral water, then stir with a long handled spoon.
  4. Garnish each glass with 3 cranberries and one rosemary sprig.  Serve cold.

Notes

  • Make the simple syrup ahead of time.  Stir together equal parts water and sugar (I used 1/2 cup of each) over medium high heat until the sugar is dissolved.  When cool, store in a covered container in the fridge for up to one week.  If you need to cool it quickly, pour into a larger container to increase the surface area and put in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • If you want to make this ahead of time for company, prep the garnishes and the rims of the glasses.  Make up a pitcher of all the liquid ingredients except the sparkling mineral water.  Keep the pitcher in the fridge.  When ready to serve, stir again to prevent settling.  Let each guest pour their own glass until it is 3/4 full.  Top off with the sparkling mineral water, stir with a long handled spoon, then garnish.

Keywords: non alcoholic, fizz

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