A spiced apple cocktail in a rounded glass sits on a black slate. Photo by VeselovaElena via Canva.

Fall Inspired Apple Spice Cocktail

This Fall inspired drink is so versatile it can be served as a cocktail (with tequila) or alcohol free as a spiced fruit juice; both enjoyable hot or cold! Follow this simple recipe and let this become a seasonal favourite to delight your taste buds.

Foreground Text Reads: Fall Inspired Apple Spice Cocktail. Background Image: My photo of two glasses of my apple spice cocktail on a wooden platter. Recipe available on Transatlantic Notes.

Ingredients (approx. 4 cups):

  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 4 slices of fresh orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

For Alcoholic Cocktail or Hot Toddy:

  • per serving: 1.5 oz tequila (mix with 4.5 oz spiced apple juice)
A photo of my apple spice Autumnal cocktail in two glasses on a wooden platter.


In a medium saucepan, add the apple juice, orange slices, cinnamon stick and nutmeg; bring to a boil over medium/high heat.

Reduce the heat to low, add the maple syrup and let simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Turn off the heat and let the spiced apple juice cool/marinade in the saucepan for another 10 minutes then pour the mixture through a strainer into a heatproof container.

For a hot toddy; one serving = add 1.5 oz tequila to 4.5 oz of hot spiced apple juice in a mug and drink immediately. You should get approximately seven servings.

For a cocktail; one serving = add 1.5 oz tequila to 4.5 oz of completely cooled spiced apple juice. Serve over ice cubes in a glass (add a cinnamon stick for decoration, if desired). You should get approximately seven servings.

For a non-alcoholic drink; one serving = 8 oz of either hot or cold spiced apple juice. You should get approximately four servings.

What are your best-loved Fall flavours? Do you have a preferred seasonal drink?

Further Info:

2021 Fall Flavor Trends In The United States And Around The World – Flavor Insights

6 Tips for Drinking Responsibly During the Covid-19 Pandemic – Everyday Health

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57 thoughts on “Fall Inspired Apple Spice Cocktail”

  1. Once again, I am saving one of your recipes to Pinterest. It sounds delicious. I would never have thought to add maple syrup to a drink other than coffee (and even then, it’s a treat).


  2. This sounds delightful! I’m surprised it’s with tequila. I think any hot toddy I’ve had in the past is either with rum or bourbon. I’m intrigued by the tequila component.


  3. Since summer is here, a cold drink is something I would absolutely love to drink to. This recipe looks so delicious and appetizing. And has all my favorite fruit and ingredients in it. Love this. Thanks 💗


  4. This sounds delicious! I know I’ll love both the non-alcoholic and the alcoholic versions of this. For some reason, I was expecting this to be with whisky or brandy and got a very pleasant surprise when I saw tequila. I need to try this soon.


  5. This looks tasty and refreshing! I try to avoid alcohol as much as possible and I think this one will be souper tasty and alcohol free. I have kept notes of this to try it out.


  6. This looks absolutely delicious. I haven’t had apple spice cocktail before but this sounds fab. I would love to give it a try.


  7. This sounds delicious! I love that you included a non-alcoholic version and can’t wait to make this as an evening drink! Thanks for sharing this.


  8. Oh, this sounds amazing! I love to have a seasonal cocktail and this apple spiced will be a perfect choice during the holidays and love that there’s also a non alcoholic version for it too x


  9. This is a great drink especially with the weather turning cold. It is nice that you include a non alcoholic option in this post. Thank you for sharing.


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