Cinnamon Apple Cider Spritzer
Apple Cider Spritzer, a simple fall-inspired mocktail featuring apple cider vinegar spiced with cinnamon, anise, and cloves, and topped with sparkling water. Perfect for autumn and ready in less than 15 minutes!
Are you a sparkling water fan? I’ve officially jumped on the sparkling water bandwagon and love to enjoy fruit-infused carbonated water instead of a sugary soda or juice.
However, I don’t enjoy the “natural flavors” of many of the most popular sparkling water brands out there right now, so instead when I’m craving a fruit flavor I look to the season’s fresh fruit and make my own fruit-infused spritzers!
That’s where this Apple Cider Spritzer was born: combining fall’s freshest fruit flavor (apples!) with whole spices like cinnamon, clove, and anise for a simple, yet flavorful fall-inspired mocktail.
Ready to learn how to make this so-simple Apple Cider Spritzer? Let’s do it!
What is a spritzer?
A spritzer, sometimes referred to as a “spritz”, is drink that contains a sparkling beverage and a combination of either alcohol and/or a fruit flavoring.
However, a spritzer does not have to contain alcohol and, in fact, this Apple Cider Spritzer is non-alcoholic (though you can add alcohol if you’d like, see my suggestion in the Tips and Tricks section below).
The final addition to a spritzer is fruit flavoring, which can include whole fruit, infused juice, or a simple fruit-infused syrup. For this Apple Cider Spritzer we’re infusing our own apple cider vinegar and topping it with sparkling water.
How to make this Apple Cider Spritzer
This apple cider vinegar drink is made by first infusing apple cider vinegar with spices and then building the mocktail with a sparkling water base. It takes about 10-15 minutes from start to finish, which means it’s a great low-maintenance drink recipe to serve when you have guests!
The first step is to infuse the apple cider vinegar with the spices, and to do this we’ll gently heat the vinegar in a small saucepan with the maple syrup, cinnamon sticks, star anise, and cloves. Be careful not to overheat, the point of heating is to allow the spices to release their flavor.
The second step is to build the spritzer mocktail by filling a cocktail glass with ice, adding sparkling water, and then topping it with the cooled infused apple cider vinegar.
Finally, you’ll garnish with a cinnamon stick, the star anise, and cloves, and a slice of apple. Perfect for fall and ready in less than 15 minutes!
Apple Cider Spritzer: Tips, tricks, and tools
This cinnamon, anise, and clove-infused apple cider sparkling water mocktail is super simple to make (only 10 minutes!), but there are a few tips and tricks to streamline preparation and get the most out of your ingredients.
- Don’t overheat the apple cider vinegar. Don't let the apple cider vinegar boil, or the vinegar will turn and will taste sour. Remove from heat just as it's starting to simmer, the point is not to actually heat the vinegar but to heat the maple syrup and spices so the flavors dissolve in the vinegar.
- Only build the mocktail when you’re ready to serve. Do not make the Apple Cider Spritzer first and then store the leftovers or the sparkling water will lose its carbonation and your mocktail will taste flat. Instead, prep the infused apple cider vinegar ahead of time and then add to fresh sparkling water when ready to serve.
- Make it a cocktail! Want to serve this Apple Cider Spritzer at your next fall party? Replace half the sparkling water with a sparkling wine like prosecco, champagne, or cava. Or make it a cocktail by adding 1 ounce of rum or bourbon.
- Recommended tools: a small saucepan and a strainer are needed, and a mixology set is always a good tool if you make homemade drinks and cocktails often.
Did you make this Apple Cider Spritzer? Leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let us know how it turned out. Save this apple cider vinegar drink recipe for later by pinning to your favorite fall Pinterest board and make sure to tag me on Fork in the Road’s Instagram to show me your mocktail creations!
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 3 whole cloves
- 2 cups sparkling water
- 2 cups ice
- 2 slices apple
- To infuse apple cider vinegar: To a small saucepan add apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, cinnamon sticks, star anise, and cloves. Bring to a low simmer on low heat, about five minutes, then remove from heat and let cool. Strain out the whole spices and reserve to use as garnishes.
- To build Apple Cider Spritzer mocktails: Fill cocktail glass with ice, add 1 cup sparkling water, then top with infused apple cider vinegar. Garnish with cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves, and sliced apple.
Notes: Don't let the apple cider vinegar boil, or the vinegar will turn and will taste sour. Remove from heat just as it's starting to simmer, the point is not to actually heat the vinegar but to heat the maple syrup and spices so the flavors dissolve in the vinegar.
Make it a cocktail: replace half of the sparkling water with a sparkling alcohol like prosecco or champagne, or add 1 ounce of of run or bourbon to the recipe
Tools Needed: small saucepan, strainer, mixology stet
Prep Ahead: Infuse the apple cider vinegar (step 1) up to five days ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until ready to build the spritzer.
Leftovers and Storage: Do not make the Apple Cider Spritzer first and then store the leftovers or the sparkling water will lose its carbonation and your mocktail will taste flat. Instead, prep the infused apple cider vinegar ahead of time and then add to fresh sparkling water when ready to serve.
Nutrition notes: This apple cider vinegar spritzer is a healthy fall mocktail recipe that uses fresh, whole spices for flavor and includes very little added sugar from the maple syrup to smooth the tang of the vinegar.
Serving Size:1 drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 95Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 5gSugar: 18gProtein: 0g