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Fireball Hard Cider Cocktail

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Looking for a fun and easy drink to impress your guests this fall? This fireball hard cider cocktail is the perfect drink for any occasion! It’s simple to make, packs a punch, and tastes like apple pie in a glass (with a kick).

fireball and hard cider cocktail in a glass

If you’re looking for the perfect cocktail for a fall get together or even Halloween, this fireball apple cider recipe may be just what you’re looking for.

It combines the cinnamon flavor of Fireball whiskey with the crisp apple of apple schnapps plus the fizz of hard apple cider to create a drink that tastes just like apple pie. (With a bit of a kick.)

And what says fall more than that?

Plus it’s super easy to make, whether you’re serving it for one or a crowd.

And a sprinkle of edible gold makes it look super pretty, too.


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fireball hard cider cocktail ingredients - hard apple cider, apple pucker, fireball whisky and gold glitter

Here’s your shopping list:

  • apple pucker – This adds some extra apple flavor to the drink. You’ll need 1 ounce for a single serving. Or 8 ounces to make a pitcher.
  • Fireball whisky – This adds the cinnamon that really makes the drink taste like apple pie. You’ll need 1 ounce for a single serving, or 8 ounces to make a pitcher.
  • hard apple cider – I like Strong Bow cider, but you can use whichever kind is your favorite. You’ll need 6 ounces (about ½ bottle) for 1 single serving or 48 ounces (about 4 bottles) for a pitcher.
  • gold edible glitter (optional) – You can find it on Amazon HERE*. This really makes the cocktail sparkle without changing the flavor.
  • garnishes – Brown sugar (for rimming), cinnamon sticks and apple slices work well as garnishes.
fireball and hard apple cider cocktail in a glass beside some apple slices


  • You can leave out the apple pucker if you don’t have it on hand (although the cocktail will not have as much of that delicious apple flavor).
  • While I like Fireball, any other cinnamon whisky will work, if that’s what you prefer.
  • If you want less alcohol in your drink, substitute regular apple cider for part or all of the hard cider. Or replace some (or all) of the hard cider with ginger ale.

How to make this hard Apple cider cocktail

hard cider being poured into a glass with bottes of fireball and apple pucker in the background

For a single serving:

Combine 1 ounce Apple Pucker and 1 ounce Fireball whiskey with half a bottle (about 6 ounces) of hard apple cider.

For extra sparkle, add 1/8 teaspoon (or a large pinch) of gold glitter and stir.

A glass of fireball hard cider with an apple and bottles of hard apple cider in the background

For a pitcher:

If you’re serving for a crowd and don’t want to be mixing drinks all night, you can make a pitcher ahead of time.

This will make about 8 cocktails and you’ll need a pitcher or drink dispenser that holds at least 64 ounces.

To do this, combine 8 ounces of apple pucker with 8 ounces of fireball in the pitcher. You can do this a few hours ahead of time if you’re getting ready in advance.

I usually hold off on adding the hard cider until I’m ready to serve. Otherwise, it will go flat.

When you’re ready, add 4 bottles of hard cider to your pitcher and pour into glasses as needed.

If you are using the gold glitter, put a pinch in each glass as you pour. If you put it in the pitcher, it tends to settle to the bottom, so it won’t have the same impact.


a glass of hard cider cocktail garnished with brown sugar on the rim, apple slices and a cinnamon stick in the drink

In addition to adding a pinch of gold glitter to each glass, you can also garnish the drink by:

  • rimming it with brown sugar (run a slice of apple or lemon around the edge of the glass first so the sugar will stick).
  • putting a cinnamon stick in each glass, and/or
  • adding slices of fresh apple in the drink or on the rim.

Other fall apple cocktails you might like

fireball hard cider cocktail

Fireball Hard Cider Cockail

Wanda Simone
This fireball hard cider cocktail is the perfect drink to cozy up with on a cool fall evening. It's easy to make, packs a delicious punch and tastes like apple pie in a glass (with a kick).
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 213 kcal


  • 1 jigger
  • rocks glass
  • 1 64-ounce pitcher (for the large batch recipe)


For a single cocktail:

  • 1 ounce Apple Pucker
  • 1 ounce Fireball whiskey
  • 6 ounces (about 1/2 bottle) Hard cider
  • edible gold glitter (optional)

For a large batch:

  • 8 ounces Apple Pucker
  • 8 ounces Fireball whiskey
  • 48 ounces (about 4 bottles) Hard apple cider
  • edible gold glitter (optional)


For a single cocktail:

  • Combine 1 ounce apple pucker, 1 ounce fireball whiskey and 6 ounces hard cider in a glass.
  • To make the drink sparkle, stir in ⅛ teaspoon (or a large pinch) of gold glitter.

For a pitcher:

  • Combine 8 ounces Apple Pucker and 8 ounces of Fireball whisky in a large pitcher.
  • Just before serving, add 48 ounces (or 4 bottles) of hard cider.
  • Add the glitter to each glass as you pour.


  • To make it with less alcohol, substitute regular apple cider for part or all of the hard cider.
  • The apple pucker can be eliminated, but you will have less of the apple flavor.


Serving: 1 glassCalories: 213 kcalCarbohydrates: 11 gSodium: 7 mgPotassium: 0.3 mgSugar: 11 gIron: 0.01 mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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This post was originally published on August 16, 2022 but was updated with new content on August 19, 2023.

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