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Hard Raspberry Apple Cider – Everyday Essentials

Hard Raspberry Apple Cider

This post is sponsored by Pinnacle Vodka via Mode Media


Fall is here, and so are fall flavors. One of my favorites is apple. I love a good apple cider as it starts to cool down. When I was challenged by Pinnacle Vodka to share one of my favorite everyday essential recipes, I knew it would be a hard apple cider.  

I wanted to serve this cocktail with our  warm apple pie dessert, so I needed to add a little sweetness. To do this, I decided to use one of Pinnacle’s many flavors of vodka instead of original. Deciding which one to use was the hardest part! I was really torn between using a whipped flavor to add some creaminess and complementing the sweet by adding raspberry. I even considered coconut for a new twist.  

Hard Raspberry Apple Cider

This time I chose raspberry and one of the new seasonal salted caramel flavors, but that’s the great part about a hard cider: You can always switch up the vodka flavors depending on what you are pairing it with! I checked out some other fun Pinnacle flavors, such as birthday cake and had some great ideas for those too. With more than 40 flavors, you will always be able to create something new and exciting!

You can mix up this drink in several ways, from easy to elaborate to easy, depending on what kind of apple cider you choose. You can use a store-bought, ready-made non-alcoholic cider. You can opt for a hard apple cider or apple ale, or make your own homemade cider.

I decided to go with the hard apple ale this time because I love the little bit of fizz you get from using a carbonated beverage and the slight malt flavor is a nice complement.  

Hard Raspberry Apple Cider

Hard Raspberry Apple Cider

A delicious warm fall cocktail featuring Pinnacle Vodka


  • 2 oz Pinnacle® Raspberry Vodka
  • 2 oz Pinnacle® Salted Caramel Vodka
  • 4 oz apple cider or apple ale
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • 4 Cloves
  • Caramel


  1. Start with 2 oz Pinnacle® Raspberry Vodka
  2. Add 2 oz Pinnacle® Salted Caramel Vodka
  3. Add 4 oz apple cider or apple ale
  4. Toss in a cinnamon stick and 4 cloves
  5. Microwave for 1 minute and let steep for 3 minutes
  6. Garnish with some melted caramel on the glass of your rim for perfection!


That’s all there is to it. A super simple, super versatile cocktail for fall. Serve with a cinnamon stick or apple slices, or toss in a few cloves for a finished fall look.  


Hard Raspberry Apple Cider Recipe


What are your everyday essential perfect pairings? Leave us a comment below!


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Tracy Iseminger

Tracy is a busy mother to 2 girls, 3 dogs, 5 cats, and 17 chickens! Her adventures in cooking led her to create Daily Dish Magazine. She has a passion for pairing food with travel and wine. She is Marketing Director at Crimson Vine Marketing, Social Media Specialist at Cougar Digital Marketing, and a Dental Hygienist in her spare time... but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

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