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Thirsty Thursday: Cran-Apple Splash

Cranberry and apple make their debut in this sweet and tart Cran-Apple Splash cocktail.

Cran-Apple Splash Cocktail | A mixture of mike's hard cranberry lemonade, apple cider, and apple-infused whiskey.

Bonfire season is right around the corner! I can hardly contain my excitement for sweater weather, riding boots, and ultra-comfy leggings (they’re pajamas for the real world).

Cran-Apple Splash Cocktail | A mixture of mike's hard cranberry lemonade, apple cider, and apple-infused whiskey.

Also…

Toasted marshmallows.

Apple dumplings cooked over hot coals.

Hobo pies.

And, most importantly, fall cocktails!

Cran-Apple Splash Cocktail | A mixture of mike's hard cranberry lemonade, apple cider, and apple-infused whiskey.

The air is slowly, but surely, beginning to cool off here in Baltimore. It’s taking its good ol’ time, but the transition is finally taking place. Late evening is my favorite time to sit outside and breathe in the crisp air. I look forward to the weekends when the air has a slight smoky scent in the evening–bonfires!

Since Squirrel and I live in a townhouse, we set up shop over my parents’ house on Friday and Saturday evenings. They have a huge bonfire pit equipped with comfy adirondack chairs and old tree stumps that have been converted in to cocktail tables.

Cran-Apple Splash Cocktail | A mixture of mike's hard cranberry lemonade, apple cider, and apple-infused whiskey.

I’m always, always the head bartender, so I spend time researching and testing cocktail concoctions during the week in preparation for the weekend. This week’s cocktail is inspired by the flavors of fall, which, of course, means apples and cranberries. This cocktail couldn’t be any more simple thanks to mike’s hard cranberry lemonade. Their cranberry lemonade is slightly tart, extra crisp, and provides a fresh burst of real cranberry flavor. It has quickly become my favorite in their hard lemonade line-up.

Cran-Apple Splash Cocktail | A mixture of mike's hard cranberry lemonade, apple cider, and apple-infused whiskey.

Three ingredients–that’s it! You’ll need one bottle of mike’s cranberry lemonade, 2 shots of apple whiskey, and 2 ounces of apple cider. Divide the cranberry lemonade between two rocks glasses filled with ice and stir in the apple whiskey and apple cider. Ta da!

Cran-Apple Splash Cocktail | A mixture of mike's hard cranberry lemonade, apple cider, and apple-infused whiskey.

The goal is to spend less time shaking cocktails and more time celebrating fall with family and friends around the fire.

Cran-Apple Splash

A sweet and slightly tart mixture of mike's cranberry lemonade, apple cider, and apple-infused whiskey.

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (11.2-ounce) bottle mike’s hard cranberry lemonade
  • 2 ounces apple whiskey
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 2 apple slices for garnish

Directions:

  1. Divide the bottle of mike’s hard cranberry lemonade between two rocks glasses filled with ice. Add 1 ounce of apple whiskey and 1 ounce of apple cider to each glass; stir to combine.
  2. Garnish with a slice of apple, if desired.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by mike’s hard lemonade. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting my site as I work with brands I adore.

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7 Responses to “Thirsty Thursday: Cran-Apple Splash”

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 17, 2015 at 11:20 am

    This is right up my alley! A perfect cocktail for fall! Mike’s is always in my fridge, it’ my FAVORITE!!

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    • Jennie replied September 17th, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks, Miss! I agree, Mike’s is good stuff. Thanks for stopping by. 

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — September 17, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    We made our first apple cider drink of the season this week and it was so good!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — September 18, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I need to get some of that cranberry lemonade! It sounds delicious! And your photos are beautiful!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — September 18, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    The color is beautiful and those glasses are too cute! I’m so glad that bonfire season is almost here.  

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    Susan — September 21, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I love your description of leggings, pajamas for the real world.  So true and so perfect and I’m ready for them and this cocktail.  Now to find a bonfire! 

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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — September 21, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Ahhh yes, fall bonfires. You’re welcome to come sit around my fire pit anytime. I don’t know if we’re *technically* allowed to have one in this city, but we do what we want ;) I love that you kept this delicious elixir to just three ingredients! Also, I just wanted to say elixir.

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