Ginger-Cinnamon Apple Cider Mocktail

This apple cider mocktail with ginger and cinnamon is perfect for a fall party.

Do you enjoy a good cocktail now and then?

Or are you pregnant and just desperately craving an ice-cold beer?

Oh that’s just me. And Julia.

If you’re in need of a good cocktail recipe, Barb from Creative Culinary has you covered with her Friday Cocktails. A cocktail every Friday!

Friday–the day that was made for cocktails. To help Barb celebrate a whole year of cocktail Fridays, a few of us are offering up some of our own cocktails for a little party! And there are lots of fun prizes over on Barb’s site!

Being the pregnant blogger, I’m bringing a “mocktail” to the party. For those who don’t drink…or can’t. Shouldn’t. Whatever.

And I put ginger in it. Because if I’m going to play along with a fancy drink–it might as well help with my 24/7 nausea, right? And it just had to be fall-inspired. I’m obsessed. I love fall!



This apple cider mocktail (or fake-tini) is super simple to make. Whip up a quick ginger simple syrup,

Ginger Cinnamon Apple Cider Mocktail

This apple cider mocktail with ginger and cinnamon is perfect for a fall party.

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Ginger-Cinnamon Simple Syrup (makes extra):

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ~1-2 inches of ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced

For one Fake-tini:

  • 2 tablespoons of Ginger-Cinnamon Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ice for mixing
  • cinnamon sugar for rimming the glass
  • apple slice or cinnamon stick to garnish (optional)


For the syrup

1. Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Let cool completely and strain to remove ginger and cinnamon.

For the Fake-tini

1. Prepare martini glass by wetting the rim with apple cider and then dipping in cinnamon-sugar.
2. Add ice to martini shaker. Pour in cider and simple syrup. Shake and pour into prepared glass. Garnish with apple slice or cinnamon stick.


All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: I loved this! It was the perfect girly treat for this pregnant lady.
Husband’s take: Oh I was supposed to share? He wouldn’t be caught dead in public drinking this apple cider mocktail –plus he’d much rather have a beer I’m sure.
Changes I would make: Well…if I wasn’t pregnant…rum? Whiskey?
Difficulty: Easy!

Don’t forget to head to Barb’s site and check out all the fabulous cocktails today and enter to win some terrific prizes!

Looking for more components for a perfect fall party? Try: Mini Pumpkin Doughnuts with Apple Cider Glaze, Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions, Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies, Pumpkin Cheesecake Phyllo Straws, Mini Pumpkin Tarts, or Autumn Quinoa Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette.

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  8. I just found your recipe on Pinterest. I came directly to your site because of my skepticism about “mock” alcoholic drinks, and wanted to see if it was worth pinning. Well, you had me at “hello” because for some off the wall reason the moment I get pregnant all I want in life is an ice cold beer. The fact that I would turn down an ice cold beer for a Dr. Pepper when I’m not pregnant makes no difference. So I’m looking forward to trying your recipe, and the birth of baby number three!

  9. I love mocktails, and this one is just perfect for fall and winter!

  10. Gosh, this looks good – alcohol or no alcohol!! This would definitely be a hit among my friends!

  11. I love this even without the alcohol! My husband is always frustrated that he’s the driver because after one drink it’s not me. I’m definitely going to bring this to our next get together and let him drink as much as he wants for once :) He’ll thank you big time!

  12. This is perfect! I’m throwing a little halloween party next month, and all my preggers girlfriends will LOVE sipping on these :)

  13. What a gorgeous drink Rachel, I love the apple garnish! I think I’d even prefer the mocktail version, I’m weird like that.

  14. This fake-tini looks awesome! I think I’d rather prefer to drink it this way rather than laced with alcohol! ;)

  15. I would take this any day, even without the alcohol!

  16. Love that you make a fake-tini!

  17. I hope this made you feel better! I will definitely add alcohol :) Love the recipe!

  18. Beautiful!!! And I adore the idea of dipping the glass in cinnamon and sugar! :)

  19. hahah love your fake-tini! I’ll probably sneak some booze in mine…. but this sounds delicious with the ginger-cinnamon syrup! Yum :)

  20. Love the cinnamon sugar on the rim of the glass – how fun!

  21. Thanks for joining with me for my one year celebration of cocktails with your mocktail; I knew I could count on you! Not just for pregnant moms, I have friends who do not imbibe and I’m always looking for something fun to serve them too. Cheers!

  22. THIS LOOKS INCREDIBLE!!! I am obsessed with ginger simple syrups – love the idea of mixing with cider! YUM.

  23. Your pictures are awesome! So sorry you can’t have a beer! Soon enough my dear soon enough!

  24. Thank you thank you!! I JUST found out that I’m pregnant, so there goes the fall inspired sangria I was sooooo looking forward to trying! And, that means no drinking at the girls night I’m hosting at the end of the month! What timing! Lol. This will definitely be a nice, special replacement. Yay for mocktails! :-)

  25. this sounds so delish! and it looks so fancy in that pretty glass!

  26. Love, love, love this mocktail! I’m not much of a drinker, so this is absolutely perfect! Although work is killing me today so I may just add some vodka to it tonight :)

  27. This sounds like a perfect drink for fall! The ginger cinnamon simple syrup sounds amazing!! I just pinned this so I can try it later!

  28. Love it!! I’m so excited for apple-based cocktails this fall… But mine will totally have alcohol :) Though I have to say, this looks pretty amazing as is!

  29. Great one for the fall, or anytime really!

  30. Funny, I also created an apple cider martini yet mine was the loaded version! Not being pregnant, I get to drink away. :) Have a great weekend!!

  31. mocktail or not – this sounds great! I especially love the garnish! Cute!

  32. Fake-tini! HA! Love it… so clever and looks so thirst quenching ;)!

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