Winter Apple Mocktail

This simple, seasonal mocktail recipe features a flavorful Rosemary Cinnamon Simple Syrup and cinnamon sugar on the rim of the glass. Sweet and spiced, and perfect for the season! The syrup recipe is versatile and would make a nice addition to cocktails and sodas, too.
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What You’ll Need

For the Cinnamon Rosemary Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
For Mocktail:
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemon slice
  • 2 cups apple cider or apple juice
  • ice
Optional Garnish and Add-Ins:
  • Apple slices
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Star anise


To make Cinnamon Rosemary Simple Syrup: bring first 4 ingredients to a gentle simmer in a small sauce pot. Remove from the heat, cover, and let sit 5 to 10 minutes, to steep. (The longer it steeps, the stronger the flavor.) Strain out rosemary and cinnamon sticks, and set aside.

To assemble drink: Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small shallow dish. Rub lemon on the rims of your glasses, then dip in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Fill each glass with ice. Combine 1-2 tbsp of Cinnamon Rosemary Simple Syrup with 1 cup of apple cider in each glass and stir gently. Optional: Top with sparkling water for a little fizz.

Top with optional garnishes listed above. Enjoy!