Sparkling Apple Cider Punch

Made with or without alcohol, your guests will love this Sparkling Apple Cider Punch- perfect for fall entertaining!

Sparkling Apple Cider

Last week my first child had a birthday and we celebrated with our annual turkey chili party with all the toppings! This kid is such a crack-up.

Mommy and Asher

He wanted to make silly faces with Mama before his friends arrived. Who was I to say no?

Apple Cider Punch - The Lemon Bowl

Since we don’t keep soda or juice around on a regular basis, I always like to have a fun drink available for the kids and anyone else who isn’t in the mood for a pumpkin beer. This year I hit a home run with a quick and easy sparkling apple cider punch.

Made with sparkling cider, ginger beer and a splash of lemon juice, the entire punch is scented with star anise and cinnamon sticks.

airplane cake for toddler

We kept it non-alcoholic for all of the kids but you could easily turn it into a cocktail by adding bourbon or vodka. One thing is for sure: the party was a huge success and just like that, our little man is another year older.

Your straw is waiting.

Sparkling Apple Cider

Sparkling Apple Cider Punch

4.40 stars average
Made with or without alcohol, your guests will love this Sparkling Apple Cider Punch- perfect for fall entertaining!
PREP: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 5 minutes
Servings: 24 cups


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 bottle sparkling cider (25.4 ounces)
  • 2 ginger beers (twelve-ounce bottles )
  • 1 juice of lime
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole star anise pod
  • bourbon (optional)
  • apple and orange slices (optional garnish)


  • Place all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher and stir well.
  • Serve over ice cubes and garnish with apple and orange slices.


The longer the cinnamon stick and star anise pod sit in the liquid the more flavor they will provide.


Calories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 40mgFiber: 0gSugar: 27.3g

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21 thoughts on “Sparkling Apple Cider Punch”

  1. Do you have recommendations for the proportions for the added bourbon? I am thinking of using this recipe as one of our craft cocktails for mine and my fiance’s wedding next month.

  2. I was thinking of doing some sort of bourbon apple cider combo for a neighborhood get together next weekend. This sounds perfect! And happy birthday to your boy! My oldest just turned 4, too – it’s a fun age :)

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