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19 Cocktails with Apple Juice


Cocktails with Apple Juice are super simple, totally delicious and easy to make at home. Perfect for fall, but delicious any time, this list of drinks made with Apple Juice will give you tons of ideas for making a refreshing drink at home.

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Why You’ll Love These Apple Juice Cocktails

Drinks with apple juice have a familiar flavor and a lovely tartness. Even when mixing with just one other ingredient like tequila or vodka, it’s delicious.

Apple juice is a great mixer for cocktails and blends really nicely with other flavors.

In many of the cocktails in this list, the apple flavor is pretty subtle. Like, pineapple juice, it is a versatile flavor that lends to a general fruitiness without hitting you in the face with a bold apple flavor.

Related: Vodka and Apple Juice

Pairing apple juice with dark spirits sometimes lends to a more fall-like flavor when making alcoholic drinks. Whereas, light liquor, like vodka, can make the drink more refreshing and perfect for summer.

Next time you’re planning an at-home happy hour consider one of these easy cocktails with apple juice.

Cocktails with Apple Juice

Refreshing and full of flavor, this list of Apple Juice cocktail recipes will help you find the perfect drink for your next happy hour.


  • As with most recipes, feel free to modify the ingredients to suit your preferences. Typically I like to make a recipe as written for the first time, so I can see the intended flavors, and then modify from there.
  • Use fresh apple juice whenever possible for the best flavor. I like Honeycrisp apple juice from the bottled juice aisle or look for something cold-pressed. It has a little more flavor and body and I find has a more flavorful taste!
  • Apple juice tends to be sweet on its own, so balance it with other ingredients like citrus juice (lemon or lime) or bitters to add complexity and depth to your cocktails and make it taste a little less like the apple juice you remember from when you were a kid.
  • Apple juice pairs well with a variety of spirits including vodka, rum, bourbon, whiskey, and even tequila. Choose your favorite spirit or experiment with different ones to find your perfect combination.


  • For a refreshing twist, top your apple juice cocktails with a splash of sparkling water or club soda to add effervescence and lighten up the drink.
  • Try adding spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves, or try mixing it with other fruit juices like cranberry or pomegranate for a unique twist on classic apple cocktails.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of apple juice should I use for cocktails

Apple juice cocktails use a variety of types of apple juice. From the kind basic kind you used to enjoy as a kid, to a fresh-pressed apple juice, you can mix and match based on your preference. Apple juice and apple cider sometimes have minimal differences.

You’ll just want to be aware of if there are any added spices or flavorings.

What alcohol goes good with apple juice?

Vodka is a great choice to pair with apple juice because it has a neutral flavor. But you really can mix it with any liquor.

Can you use cider in place of apple juice in these cocktails?

Yes, you can use apple cider in these apple juice cocktails. To be clear, you can use the bottled juice called apple cider, not the alcoholic version also called cider. Cider is an alcohol made from fermented apple juice. It is more like a sweet beer than juice. I would not use it in a cocktail recipe unless it specifically calls for it.

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  1. I usually think of hard ciders when I think of a good apple juice cocktail. These drinks help me expand my horizons, though– looking forward to trying some new flavors!

  2. I’ve never thought about making an apple juice cocktail but now I can’t wait! All of these drinks look amazing.

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