Angry Orchard Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:8%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Angry Orchard cocktail is a modern creation, inspired by the popular hard cider brand of the same name. It's a perfect drink for those who love the crisp, refreshing taste of apples, with a bit of a kick. This cocktail is especially popular in the fall, when apple flavors are in season, but it can be enjoyed year-round.

How Angry Orchard Tastes?

The Angry Orchard cocktail has a crisp, sweet, and slightly tart flavor, with a refreshing apple undertone. The hard cider and apple liqueur give it a strong apple taste, while the cinnamon adds a warm, spicy note.

Interesting facts about Angry Orchard

  • The Angry Orchard cocktail is named after the Angry Orchard Hard Cider, which is a key ingredient in the drink.
  • Despite its name, the cocktail is not particularly 'angry'. The name is more about branding than the drink's character.
  • The cocktail is often garnished with an apple slice or cinnamon stick, to enhance its apple and spice flavors.


Angry Orchard Hard Cider

Angry Orchard is a popular brand of hard cider known for its crisp apple flavor. In this cocktail, it provides the base effervescence and a touch of sweetness. The 4 oz measurement ensures the cider's presence without overwhelming the other flavors. Omitting it might make your drink less 'angry' and more of a quaint apple affair.

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Apple Liqueur

The apple liqueur adds a deeper dimension of apple flavor. Its sweetness and fruitiness enhance the cider's natural characteristics. Being significantly sweeter and more concentrated than cider, 1 oz is plenty; more could mean a cloyingly sweet cocktail, less might render the apple undertones too subtle.

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Cinnamon Schnapps

A full ounce of cinnamon schnapps brings warmth and spice, perfect for a chilly evening. It's this kick that gives the cocktail a distinctive 'angry' edge. Less schnapps could make the cocktail a bit too mellow, while more might result in a fiercer drink than some can handle.

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Apple Slice

The apple slice is more than a pretty garnish; it's a subtle nod to the cocktail's main attraction. Taking a bite with a sip can also add fresh apple taste to each mouthful.

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Cinnamon Stick

Stirring the cocktail with a cinnamon stick infuses a bit more spice into the drink and makes for a nifty garnish. Plus, you can use it to fend off anyone trying to steal your drink. Just kidding! Or am I?

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Recipe. How to make Angry Orchard Drink

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour the apple liqueur and cinnamon schnapps over the ice.
  3. Top with the Angry Orchard Hard Cider.
  4. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Garnish with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick.

Pro Tips

  • Use a chilled glass to keep your cocktail cold for longer.
  • For a more intense apple flavor, muddle a few apple slices in the glass before adding the other ingredients.
  • Don't over-stir the cocktail, as it can make the cider go flat.

Perfect Pairings

Savory Foods

  • Grilled Pork: The sweet apple and spicy cinnamon can complement the char and smoke of grilled meats, especially pork with its natural affinity for apple flavors.
  • Roasted Turkey: A classic pairing, the spiciness of the cinnamon and the crispness of the cider can cut through the richness of turkey, making it a great choice for holiday feasts.

Sweet Treats

  • Apple Pie: Enhance the apple theme by pairing with a classic apple pie. The layers of apple in both the pie and the cocktail create a harmonious taste experience.
  • Cinnamon-sugar Donuts: Ideal for a fall treat, the warm spices in both the donut and the cocktail will echo each other for a cozy, indulgent pairing.


  • Aged Cheddar or Gouda: The sharpness and nutty flavors of these cheeses contrast nicely with the sweet and fruity profile of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Angry Orchard

If you can't find Angry Orchard Hard Cider, any hard cider will do. You can also substitute the apple liqueur with apple brandy or apple vodka. If you don't have cinnamon schnapps, you can use a cinnamon-infused spirit or a dash of cinnamon syrup.

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Green Apple Twist

  • Swap in a green apple liqueur for a tarter profile.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, but use green apple liqueur to add a fresh, crisp twist.
  • The taste will evoke a more youthful and sour note compared to the original, delivering a zesty punch with every sip.

Fireball Frenzy

  • Substitute cinnamon schnapps with Fireball whisky for extra heat.
  • Recipe: The same steps, but Fireball whisky brings in a whiskey warmth and a bolder cinnamon taste.
  • This version will provide a more intense experience for those who like their drinks with a fiery character.

Fall Spice Medley

  • Add a splash of pumpkin spice syrup to the mix for a festive fall cocktail.
  • Recipe: Add 0.5 oz of pumpkin spice syrup with the apple liqueur and cinnamon schnapps, then top with Angry Orchard.
  • The result is a more complex cocktail that encapsulates the essence of autumn through its blend of seasonal spices.

In case you forgot basics how to make Angry Orchard

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Angry Orchard

What is the best time to consume the Angry Orchard cocktail?

While you can enjoy the Angry Orchard cocktail any time, it is particularly popular during fall due to its apple flavors.

Is there any suggested drinkware for the Angry Orchard cocktail?

The Angry Orchard cocktail is usually served in a rocks glass or a highball glass.

Is Angry Orchard cocktail considered a high-alcohol cocktail?

With an alcohol percentage of around 8%, it is considered as a moderate strength cocktail.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Angry Orchard cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute the hard cider with non-alcoholic cider and skip the apple liqueur and cinnamon schnapps.

What type of food goes well with an Angry Orchard cocktail?

It pairs well with savory dishes and can also be a great accompaniment to desserts, especially those with apple or cinnamon flavors.

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