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Harvest Apple Ginger Smash Cocktail

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  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American


A delicious and refreshing cocktail made with a homemade apple spice simple syrup, ginger liqueur, apple cider and a cinnamon-C&H® sugar rim. Perfect for fall and holiday parties!



For the apple spice simple syrup:

For the cinnamon-sugar rim:

For the cocktails:

  • 2 to 4 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces ginger liqueur
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • Ice, crushed or cubed
  • Thin-sliced apple and/or fresh rosemary sprigs, for garnish (optional)


  1. Make the apple spice simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine C&H® Golden Brown Sugar, 1/2 cup C&H® Organic Raw Cane Sugar, water, apple slices, 1 tablespoon cinnamon and fresh ginger. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, about 20-30 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and mixture is slightly syrupy. Remove from heat; set aside to cool completely, then strain into an airtight container. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small shallow bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons C&H® Organic Raw Cane Sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon until well combined. Dip rims of two cocktail glasses in apple cider or water, then dip and roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat. 
  3. In a large cup or cocktail shaker, stir together two handfuls of ice along with vodka, ginger liqueur, 2 ounces of the cooled apple spice simple syrup and 1 cup apple cider. Strain mixture between prepared cocktail glasses; add ice as desired. Garnish with apple slices and rosemary sprigs, if desired.


  • If you love ginger, add an extra teaspoon to the simple syrup for added spice.
  • Save extra simple syrup for more cocktails! The syrup can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Use a sweeter apple variety to flavor the simple syrup, such as Gala, Braeburn or Honeycrisp apples.