Best Apple Cider Punch Recipe – It’s Sweet & Tangy!

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This apple cider punch recipe packs a punch of its own with a secret ingredient! Perfect for sipping beside the fire on a chilly night.

Start with a blend of sweet and tangy with Tree Top’s 100% Pure Pressed Sweet & Tart Apple Cider as a base.

Then think like a mixologist and add some lemon, cinnamon and cloves.

Next is the secret ingredient – ginger beer for a nice fizzle, and bite.

Then for an adult-only punch, add vodka or rum.

Anise seeds, cinnamon sticks and lemon slices make a nice garnish.

apple cider punch recipe

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apple cider punch recipe

Apple Cider Punch Recipe

  • Author: Tree Top Fruit Growers
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This sweet and tangy apple cider punch will give hot apple cider some competition! 


Units Scale
  • 64 oz Tree Top 100% Pure Pressed Sweet & Tart Apple Cider
  • 16 oz ginger beer
  • 2 oranges, juice only
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 1 c vodka or light rum (optional)
  • 1 sliced Granny Smith apple
  • 6 star anise pieces, plus additional for garnish (optional)
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • frozen cranberries, for garnish (optional)
  • colored sugars or ginger crystals, for garnish (optional)


  1. In punch container, combine apple cider, ginger beer, orange juice, lime juice, lemon juice and vodka or rum, if desired, for an alcoholic version.

  2. Decorate container with apple slices, star anise pieces, cloves and cinnamon sticks.

  3. Personalize each serving with additional star anise pieces, frozen cranberries and sugars or ginger crystals, as desired. Serve cold. 


We provide nutritional information but these figures should be considered estimates as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Beverage
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 1420

Keywords: autumn beverage


Recipe courtesy Tree Top fruit growers.

Enjoy this sweet and tangy apple cider punch resting at the fireside, with friends over the holidays or outside enjoying the autumn leaves. It’s so versatile!

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