Fall is the perfect time to enjoy this easy Apple Cider Punch made with simple ingredients like apple cider, orange juice, and lemon juice. Inspired by my new favorite fall fragrance, Apple Picking (from Yankee Candle), your whole house will smell like a trip to the apple orchard!
Options for spiked apple cider punch and kid-friendly, non-alcoholic punch given too!
The Yankee Candle fragrance, Apple Picking, is a new favorite this year! It smells like apples with a touch of cinnamon and reminds me of apple picking and sipping apple cider!
Plus, the candle has a beautiful decorative label that is so festive for gifting. You could gift it alongside freshly baked fall treats or wrapped up with apples and cinnamon sticks! It was the perfect inspiration to create this Apple Cider Punch!
Apple picking is one of my favorite fall activities, the fresh apple cider, apple cider donuts, and all the apple picking fun! Here’s an old picture of one of my sweetest apple picking memories with Blakely when she was younger!
This was snapped when we went apple picking in upstate NY with my brother and his family. The whole farm smelled like apples, it was incredible.
While I can’t teleport over to pick apples any time I want, enjoying my Apple Picking candle and sipping on this delicious Apple Cider Punch is just as perfect!
I wanted to create a fall-themed punch that has all my favorite fall flavors that you can serve to guests at any occasion from a fall baby shower or birthday party to Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving too.
I also wanted to make sure it used easy-to-find ingredients so you can pull it together quickly! So what’s in my Apple Cider Punch? Just 4 ingredients (for the non-alcoholic variety). It’s perfect for the kids and your family-friendly activities. My daughter loves it!
Apple Cider Punch
- Apple Cider, of course! Almost all grocery stores have this available in the fall, check near the refrigerated section in the produce department. Be sure to use apple cider and not apple juice.
- Orange Juice
- Lemon Juice
- Ginger Ale
Garnish Your Punch
Not only will your garnishes make your punch pretty, but the fruit slices and cinnamon sticks also help enhance the flavor!
- Apple Slices
- Orange Slices
- Cinnamon Sticks
Spiked Apple Cider Punch
If you want to create an alcoholic variety of my apple cider punch, it’s easy too! You also have options! I suggest going with either rum or whiskey for the best flavor of a spiked a apple cider punch.
Regardless of which alcohol you choose, start out with 1 cup. You could also add some cinnamon schnapps too (about 1/4 cup).
Can you make this Apple Cider Punch in advance?
You can! Everything except the ginger ale, however, because you want it to be nice and fizzy when ready to serve. If you add the ginger ale too far ahead of time, it will lose all the bubbles.
What I do is mix the apple cider, orange juice and lemon juice together in a large pitcher or drink dispenser, toss in my sliced apples, oranges and cinnamon sticks. Refrigerate up to a day in advance so it’s nice and cold! Then pour in the ginger ale when it’s party time!
You don’t have to make this punch far in advance, however, just be sure you either have enough ice to chill it quickly or refrigerate for at least an hour beforehand so it’s cold.
A note on ice! If your punch is cold enough, you don’t need ice. If not, I suggest pouring it over ice or using an ice ring in a large punch bowl.
More Apple Recipes to Try…
- Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria (a Pizzazzerie favorite)
- Apple Dump Cake (the perfect mix between cobbler and cake, must-try)
- Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls
Apple Cider Punch
Apple Cider Punch
- 6 cups apple cider
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup rum (or whiskey) *optional*
- 1 liter ginger ale (about 4 cups)
Apple Cider Punch Garnishes
- 2 apples sliced
- 1 orange sliced
- 10 cinnamon sticks
- Place apple cider, orange juice and lemon juice in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Stir to combine. If making spiked apple cider punch, add your rum (or whiskey).
- Toss in sliced apples, oranges and cinnamon sticks. Refrigerate to chill at least one hour.
- When ready to serve, add ginger ale and pour over glasses filled with ice.
Thanks to Yankee Candle for sponsoring this post and inspiring this delicious Apple Cider Punch! If you want to try my favorite Apple Picking candle, click here!