Sparkling Cider is a must-make in our family, especially over the holidays! This easy-to-make version uses club soda to get that sparkle-y fizz—no fancy carbonating machine required.
I love this DIY sparkling cider recipe because it’s super simple and you can make as much or as little as you need. This version is every bit as good as the bottled version, if not better! We make this one for special occasions, or even if we just feel fancy on a weekend sometimes.
Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Cider
Making this sparkling cider is especially fun for me because everyone can enjoy it. There’s no alcohol in this version—it’s literally a fancy apple juice!
Our kids get so excited when they get to drink this. I try to make it special by putting it in a plastic flute for them or a plastic wine glass. The presentation is definitely important. 🙂
Save Money with DIY Sparkling Cider
One of the main reasons I started making my own sparkling cider is because I wanted to save money. I love the kind you get from the store but we have a really large family! When we get together there are a lot of us, so we’d need over a dozen glass bottles for everyone to have a glass or two.
Plus, with lots of little kids running around, having a bunch of glass bottles isn’t really the best option. It’s kind of inviting disaster!
Just a few quick glass bottle sparkling cider horror stories: A few years ago I had some bottles up on my counter to give to some neighbors. My son was pretty little and loved to climb.
When I saw him on the counter I yelled “no!” and started to run to him but his little hand shoved the bottles right over the edge. It was like a bomb went off. I’m not kidding when I say that there was cider dripping from the ceiling and glass in every direction!
Another time we thought it would be smart to keep some glass bottles out on the back porch to keep them cold because our fridge was full. In the middle of the night, it sounded like someone fired a gun right outside our window.
Lesson learned, when glass bottles full of liquid freeze, they expand and explode!
Sparkling Cider Flavor Ideas
Traditionally, sparkling cider is usually apple flavored. However, that doesn’t mean you are limited to just that flavor.
I like to mix it up and make different flavors of sparkling cider. Some of my favorites include:
- apple grape
- apple cranberry
- apple pear
Just be sure to use a juice that isn’t thick or pulpy. Usually, the ones on the shelf, not the refrigerated section, work the best for this recipe.
Once you have your sparkling cider made, don’t forget to experiment with toppings. Orange peels, cranberries, chopped fruit, or even thin apple slices make excellent items to float on top of your drink.
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How to Make Sparkling Cider
- Mix together the apple juice and sugar and pour into two glasses, then add 1/2 cup club soda to each. Be sure that glasses can hold 1 1/2 cups of liquid, adjust as needed. You want two parts apple cider to one part club soda.
- Optional: garnish with fresh cranberries.