Impress your guests with these unique and easy-to-prepare apple cider cocktails, the crème dela crème of fall drinks. 

By Ananda Eidelstein
Updated September 27, 2018
Alexey Dulin / EyeEm/Getty Images

'Tis the season for apple cider cocktails and fall drinks (pumpkin spice, who?). Gallons of fresh apple cider are popping up at farmers markets, grocery stores, and seasonal celebrations, flying off the shelves as people trade their spaghetti-strap shirts for plaid flannels. Maybe you're even getting into the seasonal spirit by making your own apple cider after a day soaking up the fall foliage while apple picking.

No matter what kind of apple cider you start out with, adding a few simple ingredients will help you transform the classic fall drink into an even more festive treat. Check out the 10 creative and easy apple cider cocktail recipes below: There's a sparkling apple cider drink, an apple cider sangria, and even an apple cider punch. These fun beverages using apple cider are the perfect excuse to throw a fall gathering, host your own Friendsgiving, or just snuggle up on the couch with a good book and a drink on a chilly day. Cheers!

You may have noticed some of the recipes for the apple cider cocktails call for simple syrup–which you can buy at the store, but as the name suggests, the sweet addition is actually pretty simple to make yourself. First, you'll whisk together equal parts sugar and hot water until the sugar is dissolved. Then, you let the mixture chill and store it for up to one week in the fridge. That's it! Also feel free to consult our full recipe for simple syrup, which breaks down our method in more detail.

If you can't get enough apple cider recipes (and, let's be honest, who can in autumn?), these apple cider doughnuts are one of our favorite fall desserts, and these apple cider poached apples are another great use for all the apples you're about to pick.

recipes developed by Charlyne Mattox, graphic by onethread design