Yummy Fall Drink Recipe

Milena Kukurekovic

This is not just a simple crush. It's real love when it comes to this apple drink delicacy! After all, what can go wrong with cranberries and apples, right? 

Cran-Apple Crush Cocktail Recipe by Smarty Had A Party


They say when one good thing ends, something even better may be just around the corner! So, yes, the beloved summer with our icy cold beverages that we love to sip outside under clear, sunny skies, you will be missed. But with its end comes fall, which brings that cozy ambiance. So imagine this: walking under falling leaves, enjoying crunching the fallen leaves, filling ourselves with heartwarming indulgences that keep our tummies satisfied, and staying snug, sipping cider on these cool, crisp autumn days along with your loved ones. That sounds just right, doesn't it?

Then, leave it to us to help you kick off the season with some deliciously apple-sizing drinks!

So Smarties, here is our first drink recipe.

Cran-Apple Crush 

Below are the necessary ingredients to make yourself this yummy delight. 


  • ½ oz. of simple syrup
  • One teaspoon of brown sugar
  • ½ oz. of lime juice
  • Ten cranberries (we suggest using fresh cranberries)
  • 2 oz. of infused vodka **
  • 2 green apple slices
  • Ice

Have you gotten all the needed ingredients? Let's get to mixing the drinks, then, shall we? Follow our instructions to enjoy a delicious cran-apple Crush.


Step one: Combine the simple syrup, brown sugar, lime juice, and six cranberries in a shaker.

Step two: Add the infused vodka and ice to the shaker. And then shake well to combine the liquids. Remember, the ice will dilute the drink a bit. You are almost done.

Step three: Strain the liquid from the shaker into Crystal Clear Hard Plastic Rock Glasses.

Step four: Garnish with thin apple slices and the remaining cranberries. And enjoy your drink! 

Does it make for one hearty drink? We completely agree with you!

You don't have simple syrup at home? Not to worry. Here is how you can make simple syrup at home. All you will need is sugar, water, and a pot!

To make the simple syrup:

Step one: Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a pot. You can use any equal amounts, depending on how much syrup you need.

Step two: Then let the water boil. What should the flame level be? The flame shouldn't be high. A medium or low flame is recommended.

Step three: After the sugar-water mixture comes to a boil, stir it gently. Be careful. The liquid should be hot.

Step four: After all the sugar in the mix has dissolved completely, keep it aside and let it cool.

There you go, Smarties, easy, simple syrup.

For those who couldn't find infused vodka, we have got you. In addition, we have given below the method to make your own infused vodka.

You will need:

  • Vodka
  • Cloves
  • Star anise 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Cardamoms 

Instructions to make Infused Vodka:

Step one: Using a double boiler, cook 1 liter of vodka, 3 cloves, 5-star anise, 1/2 a cinnamon stick, and 10 green cardamoms for ten minutes. Should the flame be high or low? Keep the flame on medium-high while you cook the mix. 

Step two: Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and let it cool

Step three: Make sure to keep the mix refrigerated. 

Liquid Apple Pie

Who can say no to apple pie, right? So no one will be able to refuse this bourbon apple cider cocktail, either. So here's our second fall drink recipe for you all. 

The ingredients you need to put together liquid apple pie are:

  • Bourbon
  • Apple cider
  • Ginger beer (You can also use ginger ale instead of ginger beer. We suggest chilling your ginger beer or ale)
  • Thinly sliced apple wedges to garnish.
  •  Honey or maple syrup if you want that extra touch of sweetness. 


Step one: Into a shaker, add one ounce of bourbon and two ounces of apple cider along with the honey if you prefer. Throw in some ice and shake until the shaker is cold to the touch. 

Step two: Then strain the liquid into glasses and top off with a ginger beer or ginger ale.

Step three: Garnish with an apple slice and enjoy! 

Mulled Wine Recipe

The third recipe we have for you is a mulled wine recipe. Honestly, this is one of our favorite recipes. You don't even need expensive, high-end wine. You can use any affordable wine for this drink. Add spices like star anise, cloves, Jamaica pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a pot and toast them. Toasting the spices for about one to two minutes in a medium flame should be enough.

Remember that your flame should be at the low setting when adding the liquids. Add water, followed by the wine and honey or maple syrup. Stir gently. The mix should simmer a little. But it shouldn't simmer a lot or come to a boil. We don't want to reduce this goodness. Stir some brandy and orange juice when serving. Garnish using orange slices or rosemary.

Pumpkin Cocktail

It is fall, and not making anything with a pumpkin is a mistake we are not keen on driving. So here is our fourth drink recipe for you all. Add about two tablespoons of pumpkin purée, one tablespoon of maple syrup, one teaspoon of heavy cream, two ounces of vodka, and a dash of vanilla extract to a shaker. Add a pinch of pumpkin spice and ice and shake till cold. And serve! You can add a nice touch to the rim of your glass by dipping it in maple syrup!

Apple Whiskey Smash

For our fifth recipe, you don't need a shaker. Mix fireball whiskey with apple cider and a splash of lemon juice and serve with ice. If you used 3 ounces of whiskey, use 4 ounces of apple cider. You can also add a stick of cinnamon as a garnish!

Let us know of your favorite fall drink, too.

Cran-Apple Crush cocktail recipe by smartyhadaparty.com

Complementary Smarty Disposable Party Plasticware:

Party on, Smarties! With love Smarty had a Party!

Back to blog

Best Sellers

  • White Linen-Like Premium Paper Buffet Napkins
    From $6.49
    Price: From $6.49
  • 12 oz. Clear with Metallic Gold Rim Round Tumblers
    From $8.99
    Price: From $8.99
  • White with Blue and Gold Chord Rim Plastic Dinnerware Value Set
    From $26.99
    Price: From $26.99
  • 10 oz. Clear with Metallic Gold Rim Round Tumblers
    From $3.99
    Price: From $3.99