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Spiked Warm Apple Cider Cocktail with Caramel Vodka

This spiked apple cider cocktail recipe is like a cup of fall! The warm caramel cider is perfect for tailgating or sipping around the fire on a cool fall evening. It is an easy, super tasty, and warm alcoholic drink that is like Fall in a glass. If you were ever curious about what to mix with caramel vodka…look no further. This hot apple cider drink recipe is perfect.

Why, hello there, Fall! It’s so nice to have you back in town. My windows are thrown open, and there are no words to express how much I LOVE sleeping with the windows open and the cool air enticing me to snuggle down under the covers. Sheer Bliss!

This early fall weather has me de-summering my home and slowly adding touches of fall here and there.

And aren’t there certain foods and scents that get you feeling all ‘fall-y’? Without a doubt, spiced pumpkin and apple, as well as wood-burning, are those aromas that I want all around me this time of year.

Spiked apple cider recipe: warm with a hint of caramel - full glasses
Hot Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail with Caramel Vodka

For the past several years, I have made the pilgrimage back to my alma mater for a fun girl’s weekend of tailgating and football. At one of our tailgates, I was introduced to spiked warm caramel apple cider…such a simple hot apple cider drink but also a serious ‘cup o’ fall.’ What is more fun at a fall tailgate than a hot apple cider cocktail – a nice fall touch with apple cider and caramel vodka?

You could add caramel sauce and vodka to warm spiced apple cider, but it’s a lot easier and fewer calories to use caramel-infused vodka instead…you get the flavor without the added fat and sugar!

As far as I can tell, Smirnoff has the only caramel vodka…which is okay because it is pretty darn tasty. I can’t say I’ve ever had a caramel vodka drink, but this apple cider with caramel vodka is wonderful.

Spiked Apple Cider Drink Recipe- warm, spiked with a hint of caramel vodka
This spiked warm caramel apple cider is like a cup of fall! Perfect adult hot apple cider drink recipe for tailgating, entertaining or sipping around the fire on a cool fall evening

How to Make Spiked Warm Apple Cider

It’s as simple as adding caramel vodka (I used Smirnoff’s Caramel Vodka) to warm spiced apple cider. I spice my apple cider with the Mulling Spices I shared in this post. Keep the cider warm on the stove and add the vodka as you serve it.

If you are tailgating, keep your warm cider in a thermos and let your guests add the vodka to their liking.

Spiked Warm Caramel Apple Cider

Hot, spiked apple cider with a tasty hint of caramel – a wonderful addition to your apple cider cocktail collection! A cup of this Spiked Warm Caramel Apple Cider is like a cup of fall!
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Beverage Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 1 glass
Calories 57 kcal


  • 1/2 cup warm spiced apple cider (I used my mulling spices to spice the apple cider)
  • 1 shot of Caramel Vodka note 1


  • Add a shot of Caramel Vodka to 1/2 to 1 cup of warm spiced cider.
  • Add a cinnamon stick for garnish


Note 1: A shot (or jigger) equals 1.5 ounces


Serving: 1gCalories: 57kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 119mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword cider, hot drink, infused vodka
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    1. Aw…thanks honey! I’ve been working on getting my new theme up and running all weekend and do love how it is coming together…just a few more things to address. And you will love that yummy drink! Enjoy!

  1. Just making this for the first time tonight. Unfortunately we do not have Carmel vodka in Canada. The caramel syrup work well. I have just had a taste and it is so lovely! Waiting for my guests friends to arrive!

    1. Hi Cherie,

      Oh, I’m sure your guests will have enjoyed it! And I’m also pretty sure you all felt better in the morning than you would have with the vodka!

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. What would the taste difference be if I only used Spiced apple cider and not added the mulled spices to it?? Thank you.

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