Frozen Apple Cider Mockarita

Kick off Sober October with the refreshing Frozen Apple Cider Mockarita! Made with apple cider, citrus juice, ginger, and pumpkin pie spice.

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Frozen Apple Cider Mockarita

As the seasons change and the days grow shorter, there’s nothing like sipping on a crisp beverage that captures the essence of autumn. And if you’re participating in Sober October, the Frozen Apple Cider Mockarita does just that! Combining the cozy flavors of apple cider, ginger, and pumpkin pie spice with the citrus twist of lime and orange juice, this mocktail is sure to become a fall favorite. I used unsweetened apple cider and the drink was tart and refreshing. If you prefer your bevs on the sweeter side, use sweetened apple cider. Fresh citrus juice is best, but you can use bottled as well. With a quick and easy recipe that requires just a few ingredients and some freezer time, you’ll be sipping in no time. Cheers!

Ingredients for the Frozen Apple Cider Mockarita

  • 100% Juice Apple Cider: I used unsweetened apple cider for a tart and refreshing taste, but sweetened cider can be used for a sweeter twist. I like Musselman’s Fresh Pressed Cider.
  • Orange: Freshly squeezed orange juice adds a vibrant citrus note. You can also use bottled orange juice. 
  • Lime: The zesty juice from a lime provides the perfect balance of tartness. You can use bottled lime juice here as well.
  • Ginger: Fresh ginger brings a subtle warmth and spice to the mix.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: This autumnal spice blend elevates the flavor profile with its comforting notes. I used McCormick.
  • Cinnamon Sugar: For a sweet and aromatic rim.
  • Apple slice, cinnamon stick, star anise: Enhance the presentation with an apple slice, a cinnamon stick, and the elegant star anise.

How to Make the Frozen Apple Cider Mockarita

Let’s dive into mixing up the Frozen Apple Cider Mockarita! Most of your prep time is going to be freezing the apple cider. Start by taking apple cider and pouring it into an ice cube tray. Let it freeze overnight or until it’s solid. Next, add cinnamon sugar to a shallow dish. Run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass and roll it in cinnamon sugar until coated.

In a blender, combine the apple cider ice cubes, 1/4 cup of apple cider, juice from the orange and lime, the ginger slices, and a dash of pumpkin pie spice. Blend until everything becomes smooth and frothy. Pour the blended mixture into your prepared glass. For a festive garnish, add a fresh apple slice, cinnamon stick, and star anise before enjoying!

What are Variations of the Frozen Apple Cider Mockarita?

Caramel Apple Crisp: Drizzle caramel sauce into your glass before pouring the mocktail for a sweet and indulgent treat.

Berry Bliss: For a burst of sweet-tart flavors, toss in a handful of frozen berries like raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries before blending.

Citrus Zest: Experiment with different citrus fruits like grapefruit or blood orange for a unique twist on the classic recipe.

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Frozen Apple Cider Mockarita

The Frozen Apple Cider Mockarita combines the comforting flavors of apple cider with orange, lime, ginger, and a dash of pumpkin pie spice!
Prep Time10 minutes
Freezing Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider, Citrus, fall drinks, fall mocktail, mocktail, Pumpkin Spice, sober october


  • Ice cube tray
  • Glass
  • Shallow dish


  • 1 1/4 cup 100% juice apple cider, divided
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 inch ginger, peeled and sliced
  • Dash of pumpkin pie spice
  • For rim: cinnamon sugar
  • For garnish: apple slice, cinnamon stick, star anise


  • The day before, add 1 cup of apple cider to an ice cube tray and freeze overnight or until frozen solid.
  • Add cinnamon sugar to a shallow dish. Run a lime wedge over the rim of a glass and roll in the cinnamon sugar until coated.
  • Add apple cider ice cubes, 1/4 cup apple cider, juice from the orange and lime, ginger and pumpkin pie spice to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into prepared glass.
  • If desired, garnish with an apple slice, star anise and cinnamon stick. Enjoy immediately.

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