A winter warming drink does not get easier than this Cognac Apple Cider cocktail. Good apple cider mixed with cognac and orange liqueur is perfect for a snowy day in or holiday entertaining.

A short glass of Cognac apple cider garnished with orange wedges, apple wedges and a cinnamon stick

Updated 13th December 2021

There are so many good apple ciders available to buy this time of year and if you’re looking for a delicious winter cocktail, it pairs so well with cognac, brandy and whiskey.

Cognac is a brandy from the same named region of France. When I’m serving cognac, I love to add a slice of fresh orange and topped with ginger ale. I’m making this seasonal variation on that drink by replacing the ginger ale with fresh apple cider.

It is only in the recent years that I developed my love of bourbon and Cognac. I do prefer these over whiskey and this shocks me because of my Scottish heritage (sorry grandad) whiskey has more of a bite and a burn. Actually, I take that back. I do enjoy The Balvenie which is a good aged Scottish whiskey.

I also have a recipe for Hot Apple Cider which is great for the kids because it has no alcohol. You can serve this hot or cold. Picture below.

A glass mug of apple cider garnished with an apple wedge, orange slice and cinnamon stick

Below, you can see my decanter of Louis VIII Cognac that only comes out at Christmas time (and is my most expensive prop). As you can see, it is getting close to needing to be filled, yikes. Obviously you don’t have to use this brand of Cognac, Hennessy or Hine are my everyday favorite brands.

Cognac in a decanter that was used to make an apple cider cocktail served in a glass

I like to make this drink in a pitcher and this recipe serves 4 people. You can also make in a martini shaker.

This easy spiked apple cider is like a blend of a Cognac High Ball and a Sidecar. It makes you want to grab a blanket and sit by a blazing fire. If you’re not a fan of cognac, it can be made with brandy or whiskey.

Yield: 4

Cognac apple cider

Orange wedges in a bowl and also in a cognac apple cocktail in a glass

Seasonal apple cider is mixed with Cognac, orange liqueuer fresh orange and cinnamon for delicious cocktail.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 4 ounces (118 ml) cognac
  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • 2 cups (472 ml) apple cider
  • 1 whole orange, cut into wedges
  • 4 apple wedges for garnish
  • 4 cinnamon sticks for garnish


  1. To a pitcher add ice. Pour in the cognac, orange liqueur and apple cider, stir. Pour into 4 glasses. Squeeze 1 wedge of orange into each glass and garnish with apple wedge and cinnamon stick.
  2. You can also make in a martini shaker.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 216Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 7mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 6gSugar 37gProtein 1g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.