Because I “invented” this cocktail while in my early twenties staying at my dad’s house over Christmas…
I can’t quite remember exactly when I came up with this cocktail but it was for sure in my early twenties. I was staying at my dad’s house overnight for Christmas and we ran out of wine (tragedy). Then I found some random old bottle of vodka he had never opened, but he didn’t have anything to mix it with except for water and a big bottle of Martinelli’s apple cider (he bought this for me every holiday since we all love apple cider).
I figured “ok, well I mean vodka goes well with orange juice so I’m gonna assume this won’t be a total disaster.”
So I mixed the drink with ice and was legit SHOCKED.
It’s such a good combination…delicious, in fact. And incredibly easy.
The next morning my dad questioned my drink concoction but I insisted it was fantastic. He laughed and was like “okkkkk, Jamie. Like cocktails, much?” Yes, yes I do. But I’m telling you that you need to make this for your next holiday gathering. Obviously I didn’t have apple slices or a cinnamon stick in the OG drink but they’re a nice, festive touch and I highly recommend adding them to the drink (especially at a party).
Now that my dad is gone I think I’ll make this a holiday tradition in his memory. <3 I’d love to hear what you think once you try it!
The Stone Family Apple Cider Vodka Cocktail
- Your favorite vodka (Belvedere is one of my faves)
- Martinelli’s pure apple cider (my dad always said this brand is the best)
- 1-2 apples (I prefer red since they’re more festive)
- Cinnamon sticks
- Pour one jigger of vodka over ice
- Fill the rest of the glass up with the apple cider
- Add an apple slice
- Add a cinnamon stick
Every time I make this Apple Cider Vodka Cocktail for a friend they’re legit shocked at how good it tastes.
Do you have a signature holiday cocktail? Comment below- I’d love to know.
Photos by Felicia LaSala