A little caramel, a little tart, and a lot of apple. This easy Caramel Apple Cocktail hits all the right fall notes.
What You Need
- Apple cider
- Caramel vodka
- Apple brandy (I like Long Road Distillers)
- Pure maple syrup
- Fresh lemon juice
Prepare your glass
Combine cinnamon and sugar in a shallow dish.
Wet the rim of your glass using a little water or lemon juice.
Gently roll the wet portion of the glass into the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Fill the glass with ice and set it aside.
Make your cocktail
Combine remaining ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
Shake and strain into your prepared glass.
Tips on Caramel Apple Cocktail
I like Smirnoff Caramel Kiss vodka in this drink. Smirnoff is easy for me to find and the caramel flavor in the vodka is on point with a caramel candy square. Feel free to use your favorite caramel flavored vodka in this cocktail.
Swap apple juice for the apple cider if it's not cider season or you don't have any on hand. Simply brand apple juice is my go-to when I can't find cider but still want a caramel apple cocktail.
You can use regular brandy in place of the apple brandy if that's what you have on hand. It will reduce the apple flavor a bit, but it will still be delicious.
If you'd like to garnish your drink beyond the cinnamon sugar rim, use a slice or two of fresh apple. Slice your apple through its equator to get a fun star design in the middle of the slice from the core. A cinnamon stick or twist of lemon peel would also be fun.
If you don't have 100% pure maple syrup on hand, use brown sugar syrup. Do not use pancake syrup.
Enjoy your caramel apple cocktail with salty, homemade potato chips.