Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail

Are you thinking about what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers yet? I know I sure am! While some leftovers like mashed potatoes and turkey lend themselves to ALL sorts of different post feast preparations, other dishes like homemade apple sauce tend to be served ‘as-is’ and when people are over them, they’re over them. Not in my house though, we’re celebrating the end of a successful feast and plan on kicking up our feet from a day full of Black Friday shopping by sipping on these Spiked Apple Cider Cocktails featuring my leftover applesauce

A festive cocktail with a thin slice of apple, a cinnamon stick, and a brown sugar cinnamon rim sits on a table with greenery and linens in front of a window that looks out upon trees that are full of autumn colored leaves.

Last holiday season I showed you how I used up the leftover cranberry sauce after our Thanksgiving feast by shaking it up into my irresistible Cranberry Sauce Dark and Stormy cocktails.

The response on Pinterest and Instagram to that cocktail recipe was so overwhelmingly positive I knew that this year I had to share this applesauce-laced cocktail so you could indulge in cocktails made with leftovers again! 

2 Spiked Apple Cider Cocktails with ice and a linen napkin are set upon a worn wooden table. There are also yellow and orange flowers laid on the table.

Do you have any out the box ways you use up leftovers form Thanksgiving or Christmas? We’d love to hear all about them! Leave us a comment below, maybe we’ll give your idea a try with our leftovers this year! 

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Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail

A cocktail glass filled with a gold colored cocktail, a very tin apple slice, and a cinnamon stick is sitting in front of a window that has trees with fall foliage outside of it. The glass has a brown sugar and cinnamon rim.
  • Author: This Mess is Ours
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Drinks


For the cocktail


1 1/2 ounces dark rum

2 tablespoons cider spiced applesauce, or regular applesauce

3 ounces apple cider

ginger beer

For the rim of the glass and optional garnishes

1/8 cup light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

cinnamon sticks

thinly sliced apples


Prepare the glass

In a small saucer combine the list brown sugar and cinnamon,  stir to combine. Wet the rim of a rocks glass and place the moistened rim of the glass into the brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Fill the glass with ice, 1 slice of apple, and a cinnamon stick. Set aside. 

Make the cocktail

Fill a martini shaker with ice then add the rum, applesauce, and apple cider. Shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared rocks glass. Fill to the top with ginger beer and stir with the cinnamon stick to combine, Serve immediately. 

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