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Apple Cider Cosmos

  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings (with extra syrup, easily multiplied) 1x


These Apple Cider Cosmos are a lovely toast to the fall season! They’re spiced and sweet with fresh tanginess from citrus and orange liqueur. I think Carrie Bradshaw would approve of this riff on her classic fave.



For the Cinnamon Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

For Two Cosmos:

  • 2 oz cinnamon simple syrup (add more or less to taste)
  • 4 oz apple cider
  • 3 oz vodka
  • 1 oz orange liqueur (I love Cointreau)
  • 1 1/2 oz fresh lime or lemon juice (roughly 1 lime or 1/2 lemon)


For the Cinnamon Simple Syrup:

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and set over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and add the cinnamon sticks.
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool with the cinnamon sticks steeping in it.
  4. Transfer syrup to a mason jar (or other airtight container) and store in the fridge for a later time if not making the cocktails immediately.

For Two Cosmos:

  1. To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the cooled cinnamon syrup, apple cider, vodka, orange liqueur, and lime/lemon juice.
  2. Cover and shake the mixture vigorously for 30 seconds until everything is well combined and thoroughly chilled.
  3. Strain into two coupe or martini glasses and serve. You can garnish with apple slices or cinnamon sticks, if you prefer.


The cinnamon simple syrup will keep in a mason jar (or other sealed container) in the fridge for up to one week.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: cocktail

Keywords: apple cider cocktail, apple cider cosmo, fall cosmo, apple cosmo, apple cinnamon cosmo, apple cider cosmopolitan cocktail