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!

a mocktail glass with ice and apple cider sparkling water with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick

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!

ingredients for a fall spritzer on a white marble countertop, including apples, sparkling water, maple syrup, cloves, anise, and cinnamon
All the ingredients you’ll need to make this Apple Cider Spritzer: sparkling water, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, apples, cinnamon stick, whole cloves, and star anise

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.

an apple cider vinegar spritzer over ice in a cocktail glass with an apple slice and cinnamon stick garnish on a white table

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!

a saucepan with apple cider vinegar and infused spices like cinnamon stick, star anise, and whole cloves
Step one: heat the apple cider vinegar with the whole spices and maple syrup

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.

strained whole spices like cinnamon stick, cloves, and anise over a bowl of apple cider vinegar liquid
Step two: strain the liquid and keep the whole spices to use as a garnish

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.

a glass with ice and apple cider vinegar and sparkline water with an apple slice garnish on a white table
The final step is to build the spritzer by adding the sparkling water and 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.
a cocktail glass with ice and apple cider spritzer on a white marble table with a black background

Love this simple infused apple cider sparkler recipe? Check out our other fruit-infused sparkling water recipes, like this Strawberry Mint Spritzer or this Blackberry Thyme Spritzer.

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!

Yield: 2 drinks

Cinnamon Apple Cider Spritzer

an apple cider vinegar spritzer over ice in a cocktail glass with an apple slice and cinnamon stick garnish on a white table

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!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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

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.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 drink

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 95Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 5gSugar: 18gProtein: 0g

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