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Clear glass filled with deep yellow liquid, ice, an apple slice and a rosemary sprig.

Sparkling Apple Cider Cocktail

This sparkling apple cider cocktail is gently fizzy and a little sweet from the apple cider, with a hint of vanilla and rosemary!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword alcohol, apple cider, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, rosemary, vanilla, vegan, vegetarian, vodka
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 199 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 ounces vodka or 4 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/16 teaspoon vanilla or a few drops but be careful bc vanilla can be really strong
  • ice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup sparkling apple cider
  • sliced apple and rosemary sprig for garnish optional

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add the rosemary and muddle until very fragrant (almost overwhelmingly so).
  2. Add the vodka, water, vanilla and salt. If you have extra time, let it infuse with the rosemary for up to an hour.
  3. Add a few scoops of ice, cover the shaker, and shake until the outside of the canister is cold.
  4. In a tall glass, add a scoop of fresh ice. Strain the drink into the glass, then top off with the sparkling apple cider.
  5. Arrange a few apple slices and a rosemary sprig on top if using. Stir before enjoying.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a glass jam jar with a tight fitting lid. If you don’t have a cocktail muddler, use the bottom of a wooden spoon.

Feel free to use gin or whiskey in place of the vodka.