Apple Cider Bar to Spice Up Your Holiday Season

An Apple Cider Bar is a fun and tasty way to warm up this Holiday season.

Whether you set an apple cider bar up at Thanksgiving, your next tailgate, or any chilly Fall night, it’s a fun and festive way to taste all the flavors of the season. Add some spice to your gatherings this season with this fun and easy DIY idea. If you’re wondering where to start, we’ve got you covered with all of the ingredients you’ll need, from the setup to the drink recipes, for the perfect apple cider bar.

The Setup

Apple cider bar setup

If you want to have a lively apple cider bar, then you’ll want to put some thought into the setup! First, you’ll need a table. We love this Vasagle rustic brown and black bar table. Not only is the table exactly the base you need for an apple cider bar, but the rustic colors it boasts help to increase the Fall ambiance. Next, you’ll need some table decorations (preferably edible ones). Add some cute treats to your apple cider bar that double as great additions to your drink! For example, cinnamon sticks, honey sticks, ground cinnamon, honey, red hots, caramel candies, orange slices, apple slices, etc. Finally, to complete your apple cider bar, you’re going to need some delicious recipes for apple cider drinks! Luckily, Dream Dinners has you covered with both alcoholic and nonalcoholic apple cider beverages for your apple cider bar. 

Apple Cider Recipes

notepad for apple cider recipes

Indeed, if you want to have a killer apple cider bar, you’re going to need some killer apple cider recipes. That is why we’ve provided you with a list of some of our favorite apple cider drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, so the entire family can enjoy it! From cocktails to mules to slow-cooked goodness, add any of these recipes to your apple cider bar, and it will be a hit. 

Hot Apple Cider

hot apple cider

The first recipe on our list is the one that every apple cider bar should include: the classic hot apple cider. Feel free to grab your hot apple cider recipe from anywhere, but if you are looking for one that is as easy as it is tasty, we love this easy homemade hot apple cider by A Sweet Chef. This is an easy and healthy recipe that the entire family can enjoy! All you need to make this drink is unsweetened apple juice, cloves, cinnamon sticks, black peppercorns, nutmeg, orange zest, and maple syrup (if you like it sweet). Add an Apple Cider Bar to your family movie night this season and snuggle up with this cozy drink. This is also a great option to include in your apple cider bar if you are setting one up for Thanksgiving. Set it up by the kid’s table so that they have a blast decorating their hot apple cider with fun and tasty garnishes this year. 

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

bourbon apple cider cocktail

This cocktail recipe by Tidy Mom is worth a spot on your apple cider bar this year. The recipe consists of apple cider, bourbon, lemon juice, ginger beer/ginger ale, and garnishes. The blog also contains instructions on how to make this cocktail nonalcoholic so everyone can enjoy it! Head to the Tidy Mom blog for the full recipe.  

Spiced Apple Cider Pomegranate Moscow Mules 

 apple pomegranate moscow mules

Turn classic Moscow mules into a festive fall cocktail with this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. This cocktail comprises chilled vodka, cinnamon, sparkling pomegranate juice, ginger beer, and pomegranate seeds, and apple slices to garnish. Add this to your apple cider bar for a refreshing cocktail everyone will love! Head to The Pioneer Woman Blog for the complete recipe for this delicious drink. 

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider

slow cooker spiced apple cider

Break out the slow cooker because we are simmering hot apple cider with a twist! Not only does this recipe taste great, but it will also fill your house with delicious fall aromas. This drink is full of delicious ingredients. To list, the slow cooker spiced apple cider includes apple juice, thinly sliced oranges, apples, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, and rum or bourbon. Anyone else drooling over these flavors? In short, you’re going to want to make room for this drink. Head to Number 2. Pencil’s blog for the complete cocktail recipe.  

Autumn Apple Sangria

autumn sangria

Who says sangria is only for summer? This cocktail by Butter Be Ready is both cozy and refreshing, so you can have the best of both worlds. This beverage is great for the holidays, as well as small get-togethers, watching the game, or simply cozying up with your favorite book when you find yourself with a little free time this autumn. The flavors in Autumn Apple Sangria will have your tastebuds dancing. To illustrate, it includes white wine, sparkling apple cider, orange juice, brandy, apples, oranges, pomegranate arils, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. YUM! 

Apple Pie Martini

apple pie martini

Who is ready for dessert? Bring a sweet treat to your bar with this Apple Pie Martini recipe from Sweet and Savory by Shinee. Her recipe for this cocktail includes all the flavors you love about a classic fall dessert. Specifically, the martini comprises apple cider, simple syrup, vodka, vanilla, cinnamon schnapps, apple pie spice, cinnamon, brown sugar, and graham cracker crust. We love this cocktail so much so that we will be having our dessert in a glass this Thanksgiving. Your apple cider bar will be on everyone’s minds for a long time with this delicious recipe! 

Hot Cranberry Apple Spiced Cider

hot cranberry apple spiced cider

We’re throwing in a new flavor we think is worthy of a spot on your apple cider bar for this next cocktail, and that flavor is cranberry. It was this recipe by The Cookie Rookie that convinced us so. This cocktail recipe is great because it can be made with or without alcohol. Either way, you decide to enjoy this hot cranberry apple cider, you’ll be happy that you did. The cocktail includes spiced apple cider, cranberry juice, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cranberries, and orange slices. If you would like guests of all ages to enjoy, then keep the recipe as is. However, if you want to enjoy it with a kick, just add your favorite liquor. For the entire hot cranberry apple spiced cider, head to The Cookie Rookie blog. 

To Sum, it All Up…

An apple cider bar is a perfect addition to any small get-together. Whether it be Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, tailgating, or just a cozy night in with the family, the fun and festive flavors are sure to spice up your time! If you’re looking for the perfect addition to your bar, try some of these delicious pie recipes for the dessert table next to it. Do you have an apple cider drink recipe you didn’t see in this blog? Share It with us in the comment section! If you put together a cider bar this holiday season, tag us in your pics on Instagram because we’d love to see them! @dreamdinners