Making apple cider punch

Fall isn’t fall without apple cider.  Make this quick apple cider punch recipe for your fall harvest parties.  Purchased apple cider is spiked with apple cider spice mix, orange juice, tiny bit of lemon juice and ginger ale.  Served chilled or warm this fall beverage will delight all.  For a warm version, serve the apple cider punch without ginger ale and garnish with cinnamon ginger whipped cream.  YUM is required here.

How to make apple cider punch

Apple Spice Mix for Added Flavor Punch

Apple Spice Mix you have seen in past post, is made with brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, all spice, ginger and more.  Check out recipe here.   This is similar to the mulling spice packets that you see this time of year.  I used this home made mix in the apple cider bombs.

How to Make Apple Cider Mix

5 Ingredient Apple Cider Punch 

Because this recipe is super quick, all you need are these 5 ingredients. Super Easy and SOOOOO GOOD.

Orange Juice

Lemon Juice

Apple Cider or Apple Juice

Apple Spice Mix

Ginger ale or Sprite

Garnish:  Cinnamon Ginger Whipped Cream, Apple Slices & Cubes, Cinnamon Sticks

Making apple cider punch

Can you make this in advance?

Yes, you can!  Just don’t add the ginger ale or sprite until right before serving.  Making the punch ahead will help with flavors but you will have to stir well before serving.  To serve it chilled, fill your pitcher half full of ice, crushed or cube, pour over the ice, cider or juice, orange juice, lemon juice, stir to blend.  In a 1/4 cup of heated apple cider or juice, add spice mix, stir to dissolve then add to the icy punch.  Stir to blend, store this punch in refrigerator until ready to serve at your party.  Right before serving add the ginger ale or sprite.

Can I serve this heated?

Yes, you can!  Add all ingredients except ginger ale or sprite,  to a large dutch oven,  Heat over medium heat, stirring to dissolve spice mix and blend.  Do not allow it to boil, let it simmer.  If you would like, you could simmer orange slices and cinnamon sticks while warming.  After heated, serve in large beverage container, crock pot or leave in dutch oven for causal serving. Serving in a crock pot on low will keep guests happy and you as host. Stir on occasion.  Set out cinnamon sticks, and whipped cream as garnishes with small spoons.

Making apple cider punch


Quick Apple Cider Punch Recipe

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Super simple 5 ingredient apple cider punch, served with cinnamon ginger whipped cream and cinnamon sticks for fall entertaining.  Can be made ahead, served warm or cold.

  • Author: Liz Bushong
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: Simmer
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10-6 ounce servings 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Mix and Heat
  • Cuisine: American



8 cups or half gallon apple cider or apple juice

11/4 cups orange juice

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup apple cider mix or to taste

4 cups ginger ale or sprite- served with cold punch only

Cinnamon Ginger Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


Cinnamon sticks, apple slices, apple cubes, orange slices, cinnamon ginger whipped cream, ground nutmeg sprinkled over whipped cream.


  1. In large dutch oven, mix cider or apple juice, add orange juice, lemon juice, apple cider spice mix, and heat to simmer over medium heat, stir until spice mix is dissolved. Simmer slightly.. remove from heat.
  2. To serve cold, allow to cool, then pour over ice cubes in serving container. Right before serving add ginger ale or sprite for sparkling effect. Garnish with apple and orange slices, apple cubes and cinnamon sticks.
  3. To serve warm, pour heated punch into a serving container, crock pot or individual mugs.  Garnish with apple slices, cinnamon sticks, whipped cinnamon ginger cream dollops. Sprinkle with ground nutmeg if desired.

Making Cinnamon Ginger Whipped Cream

In medium chilled mixing bowl add 1 cup heavy whipping cream + 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar whip on high speed with whisk attachment until soft peaks are formed. Add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, whip cream until spice is blended and stiff peaks.  Serve in dollops over warmed apple cider punch, sprinkle with ground nutmeg if desired.


Recipe can be doubled and made ahead.

Add ginger ale or sprite to chilled punch right before serving.

Can be served warm or cold.

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Making apple cider punch

Hope you will try this recipe.  Your family and friends will love it.  Share warmth and cozy apple cider punch together before a crackling fire or take in a thermos for upcoming Christmas tree cutting tailgate. 

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