Sparkling Apple Cider Punch

Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

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

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Made with or without alcohol, your guests will love this Sparkling Apple Cider Punch- perfect for fall entertaining!
PREP: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 5 minutes
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Servings24 cups

Ingredients
 

  • 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)

Instructions
 

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

Notes

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

Nutrition

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

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21 responses to “Sparkling Apple Cider Punch”

  1. JC Avatar
    JC

    Did you use lemon or lime? Description says splash of lemon juice, but ingredient list calls for lime.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Either works

  2. Andrea Avatar
    Andrea

    Can I use Rye in place of bourbon?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Gosh I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never had rye so I couldn’t say!!! Try it and let me know!!

  3. Jeanie Avatar
    Jeanie

    Came for the drink recipe, pinned for the Air Force cake!

  4. Cassie Avatar
    Cassie

    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.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      1 ounce of bourbon per person!

  5. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche Avatar
    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Ooh this sounds yummy, so perfect for the autumn. Happy birthday to your son! What a little cutie!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww thank you so much Becca!!

  6. Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker Avatar
    Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker

    It’s still 100+ degrees here in So Cal but I want Fall flavors! This sparkling apple cider punch is the perfect find!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!!

  7. Kathryn Doherty Avatar
    Kathryn Doherty

    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 :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Ahh yes this is perfect!! And happy 4th to your oldest too!!

  8. Shawnna Avatar
    Shawnna

    Yummy! This does sound good!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you try it!

  9. Samantha @ThePlantedVegan Avatar
    Samantha @ThePlantedVegan

    This looks so refreshing! Perfect for a nice crisp fall day!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so excited for fall goodies!

  10. Catherine Avatar
    Catherine

    Dear Liz, Happy Birthday to your little guy! How sweet! And this punch sounds delightful…I love the ginger beer and spices. xo, Catherine

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww thank you so much!! I’m a huge ginger beer fanatic!!

  11. Rachel Cooks Avatar
    Rachel Cooks

    Looks so refreshing! Love the birthday party pics!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you friend!! Now we can start gearing up for the next birthday boy. :) xo

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