Spiced Apple Fizz

Chock full of antioxidants, apples make a great base for this festive winter bevy - our cool, cocktail-worthy take on hot apple cider (with less than a gram of fat).

spiced apple cocktail
Yvonne Duivenvoorden
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
60 min
80 min


  • 11 medium Royal Gala apples (or other sweet apples), divided
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 16 cardamom pods, cracked in half with your hands or gently with a meat mallet
  • 1 medium navel orange, unpeeled and sliced
  • 2 slices ginger (1/4-inch thick each)
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg, divided
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/3 cups sparkling water


  1. Juice 10 apples in a juicer according to manufacturer’s directions. This should yield about 5 cups juice (or use 5 cups 100% pressed apple juice or all-natural cider). Pour juice into a medium saucepan and add cinnamon sticks, cardamom, orange, ginger and a pinch of nutmeg.
  2. Bring apple juice mixture to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, set aside and let cool at room temperature. Transfer mixture to a sealable container, cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour, or ideally overnight, to allow flavors to meld.
  3. When ready to serve, core remaining apple and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Immerse apple slices immediately in a bowl of water with lemon juice to keep them from oxidizing (browning).
  4. Using a cheesecloth-lined or fine-mesh strainer, strain spices and sediment from apple juice, discarding solids. Fill a martini glass with ice and pour 1/2 cup spiced apple juice into glass. Add 3 to 4 apple slices and top with about 3 tbsp sparkling water. Garnish each glass of apple fizz with a pinch of nutmeg; serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/2 cider and 3 T sparkling water
  • Calories 95
  • Carbohydrate Content 24 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 0.25 g
  • Fiber Content 0.5 g
  • Protein Content 0.25 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Sodium Content 9 mg
  • Sugar Content 20 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g