What a fun drink this is. It’s Jaye’s Caramel Apple Cider Spritzer cocktail recipe!
Every once in a while I will ask my friends on Facebook what they are drinking for happy hour. My friend, Jaye, told me about this cocktail. She didn’t tell me the amounts she used but she did tell me what was in the recipe.
So, this is my interpretation of her cocktail. Thank you, Jaye!
Let’s talk apple cider vs. apple juice
I loved apple cider as a child. I couldn’t wait for Thanksgiving because that was when I could drink it. I didn’t know that cider was made year round until I was older. Isn’t it funny the things we think when we’re kids? We have such a limited perspective that depends almost entirely on what our parents allow us to see or do.
So, I loved apple cider. I liked apple juice. That is, until I started hating apple juice.
“Why?”, you ask. Why would you hate something so innocent as apple juice?”
The summer before I turned 18, I marched in a drum and bugle corp. Did I deserve to march in that corp? Probably not, though I could play a horn. I just wasn’t an especially good horn player. When I was in high school, my best friend played the trumpet, so, I wanted to play the trumpet. But the powers that be in the beginners band wouldn’t let me. They made me play the baritone horn.
I may have acted like a brat in that band. It was the first and only time my mom was called by a teacher about my attitude.
The band teacher disliked that every chance I got, I would play the end of the pieces we learned up an octave.
I couldn’t help it. I would start on the correct note, but then I’d be compelled to play it high. I think it was my way of saying, “Wrong instrument.”
But I’m off topic. Back to the drum and bugle corp. I went on tour with them and I was able to play a soprano horn which is like a trumpet, just with two valves instead of three. I still was a mediocre horn player but at least I was playing an instrument I liked. It was the summer of 1980 and at the drum corp international competition, our corp finished 11th in the country. Which is great. Only 12 corps make the finals and even though we all wished we scored higher, we were happy to get in the top 12.
Being on tour with the drum corp wasn’t easy. The conditions back then weren’t ideal. (I’m being really nice.) That year there was a heat wave going on, we marched all day long in the sun, travelled long hours on the bus to go from competition to competition, had to sleep on the floor, ate tons of unhealthy foods, didn’t get to drink enough water and had to drank WARM apple juice.
So. That made me hate it. Sorry, I’m going to get gross. But by the end of the summer, drinking warm apple juice felt like drinking pee.
I’ve never felt the same about apple juice since that drum and bugle corp summer, though apple cider is still a fave.
On to the recipe.
The Ingredients for Jaye’s Caramel Apple Cider Spritzer and the Mixing
We have some Kissed Caramel vodka, apple cider and Prosecco!
Wahoo! Let’s get started.
Have you had this vodka yet? Oh . . . my . . . word!
I opened the bottle. Sniffed. And said the above, “Oh my word.”
Then I poured some in a glass and did a taste test.
Yowza! It tastes so good.
I pour out 2 1/2 ounces of this liquid nirvana.
I grab my cocktail shaker and fill it half way with ice.
Then I pour the vodka into the shaker.
Time to pour out 4 ounces of cider.
I pour it into the cocktail shaker.
I choose to line the rim of a highball glass with sugar and cinnamon. I pour a small amount in a little dish and wet the rim of the glass before I place it rim down in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
I turn the glass over and put a few ice cubes in it.
I cap the shaker and shake that cocktail 10 times. I strain the liquid into the glass being careful not to hit the rim.
Garnish sometimes makes the drink
I also cut an apple wheel for the garnish.
Time to pour the Prosecco into the glass.
All that bubbly goodness.
Time to garnish. I start with the apple wheel. It’s too big for one cocktail, so I cut off a couple of pieces and then I cut a slit into the flesh of each piece, to fit them onto the lip of the glass.
It just doesn’t look right. I need more, moRE, MORE!!
I take a cinnamon stick, insert a cocktail pick into one end in order to lengthen it and I plunk it in the glass.
Now, that’s a cocktail!
Let’s look at the vertical view!
I pick up the glass and sip it. So delicious!!
Christopher gives it his seal of approval too!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe!
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And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!
- 2 1/2 ounces caramel flavored vodka
- 4 ounces apple cider
- 2 ounces Prosecco or champagne or enough to fill the glass
Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice
Add vodka and apple cider
Cap shaker and shake for 10 shakes
Wet rim of glass and dip it in the cinnamon/sugar mixture
Add some ice cubes into the glass
Strain liquid into the glass and top it with Prosecco
Garnish the glass with the sliced apple and cinnamon stick