Spiced Apple and Tangerine Spritz {with mocktail option}

This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast!

This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast!
 
Hi! Ok guys. I’m just going to preface this post by saying that holy-cow I’m not sure I’ve ever made a cocktail at home that I have loved SO dang much.

It is seriously that good, you guys.

So good that we’ve been (ahem) “testing” it just about every night as an after-dinner-let’s-play-cards drink. Needless to say, between myself, my husband, our roommate, and friends stopping by our place we’ve THOROUGHLY tested this recipe. Probably somewhere in the range of 20 or so times in the last week 😳

And the funny thing is, we’re not usually the type to even whip up a fancy make at home cocktail. We generally reach for a glass of wine, hard cider, or beer (for the boys), with the occasional espresso martini thrown in there before nights out on the town.

BUT THIS DRINK. Oh man. I’m borderline super-obsessed and just so so excited to share the recipe with you guys.

Because it’s so easy to make! And so lovely to drink.

And absolutely PERFECT for the fall! All dressed up with fall ingredients like apple cider, juicy and sweet tangerine juice, cinnamon, and spiced rum – or vodka if that’s more your style. But even if you usually aren’t into dark / spiced rums, I would urge you to give it a chance in this spritz cocktail because I’m generally not super into them and somehow it just works.

This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast! This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast! This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast!

I’m gonna be making this as a little special cocktail for our guests this thanksgiving by prepping a big batch of the cocktail base (what you make before you top it off with the sparkling hard cider), shaking it over ice, and topping with cider just before serving. Not the most low maintenance cocktail, but also not the highest maintenance, either.

Read: totally manageable for the big day.

For an even lower maintenance option I also feel like you could store a carafe of the cocktail base in your fridge or cooler, and pour to order (without shaking with ice – obv a good option if you don’t have a cocktail shaker), and then topping with sparkling hard cider.

The bottom line: this spiced apple cider and tangerine spritz is just a little bit more work than pouring wine or cracking open a beer, but 100% worth it.

Plus! If you don’t drink alcohol, or have some kiddos attending your celebration, there’s a super easy non-alcoholic (AKA mocktail) version of this drink I’ve listed in the notes portion of the recipe that is just as good.

This spritz is absolutely brimming with easy fall flavor, and just fancy enough to bring that festive sparkle to your gathering.

This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast!
 

how to make a spiced apple cider and tangerine spritz

 

This spiced apple cider and tangerine spritz is made in two parts:

  1. The spiced rum base, which is made of spiced black rum, fresh apple cider (apple juice, not a hard apple cider), tangerine juice, a dash of cinnamon and bitters.
  2. Some sparkling hard apple cider to top it off.

The first part is shaken with ice and strained into a glass, and then topped off with just enough sparkling hard cider to fill the glass. You can garnish your seasonal cocktail with any number of pretty ingredients – a slice of tangerine, an apple slice, some extra cinnamon, or a cinnamon stick!

how to make this cocktail if you don’t have a cocktail shaker

 

Simply stir the ingredients for the base of the cocktail together with some ice in a large glass until well chilled, then you can either strain out the ice using a mesh strainer from your kitchen, or fish the ice out with a spoon. Divide it amongst your cocktail glasses and top with the sparkling hard cider as the recipe calls for!

how to make a big batch of this cocktail

 

There’s two ways you could make a big batch of this cocktail if you’re serving a crowd.

  1. Mix together a big batch of the cocktail base and store it in the refrigerator to keep it cold, pouring it straight from the fridge into your cocktail glass before topping with the sparkling hard cider.
  2. Mix together a big batch of the cocktail base and shake however much is needed over ice and strain into glasses before topping with sparkling hard cider and serving to your guests (or drinking it yourself! 😉)

The first option is a bit less high maintenance, but the second isn’t so much extra work if you just keep your shaker out on the counter, and refresh the ice in it as needed.

If you’re only make a few of these cocktails, squeeze your fresh tangerine juice straight from a couple of tangerines (use a fork! This is hands down the best way I’ve learned to juice small citrus.), BUT if you’re making a big batch, Trader Joe’s sells tangerine juice in a half gallon size in their refrigerated section – by all the other fresh squeezed juices. That’s what I’ll be buying for our Thanksgiving cocktails and it will save a ton of time!

This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast! This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast!

 

That’s the scoop on my new favorite drink, babes! This is the last recipe I have planned for you before Thanksgiving day arrives, so here’s a big cheers to enjoying the most delicious one, yet 💛

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Spiced Apple and Tangerine Spritz {with mocktail option}


  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cocktails

Description

This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast!


Ingredients

  • 3 oz dark spiced rum – I used Kraken rum and it’s delicious (you may substitute vodka)
  • 2 dashes bitters 
  • 1 oz fresh tangerine juice (from about 2-3 small tangerines)
  • 2 oz apple cider juice
  • dash of cinnamon 
  • Dry or semi dry sparkling hard apple cider to top the cocktails – about 3 oz for each cocktail 

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker with ice combine the rum, bitters, tangerine juice, apple cider juice, and dash of cinnamon. Shake until well chilled and strain into two cocktail glasses. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker you can stir over ice and strain.
  2. Top up cocktails with sparkling hard apple cider, garnish with tangerine slices, apple slices, or cinnamon and serve!

Notes

For a non-alcoholic / mocktail version:

  • Leave out the rum and instead combine 2 oz of tangerine juice, 4 oz of fresh apple cider juice, bitters and cinnamon in a cocktail shaker, or stir over ice and strain.
  • Top with a non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider and serve!
  • Makes 2 servings.

 

 

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