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Apple Cider Soda

apple cider soda homemade recipe
Naturally sweetened Apple Cider Soda spiced with cinnamon and ginger.

Tonight is the start of the season for sugar overload. What to do? Spicy apple cider soda! A perfectly healthy drink that will satisfy your sweet tooth with a variety of delicious and healthy super spices including cinnamon and ginger.

While I love homemade Hot Apple Cider, I find that this naturally sweet, cold cider drink is a festive alternative to the customary hot cider beverage. And since you’ll still be mulling your cider on the stove to make this soda, your house will reap the wonderfully smelling aroma.

We all need a good nutritional boost during the holiday season when we are inundated with junk food and an abundance of sweets. I find that if I have something sweet to sip on it is easier for me to avoid the dietary pitfalls that leave me lagging.

Apple Cider Soda


  • 1 quart organic apple juice
  • 1 orange, sliced (leave peel on)
  • 5 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 finger length ginger, sliced (leave skin on)
  • 2 quarts sparkling water or club soda
  • ice cubes
  1. Combine apple juice, orange slices, cinnamon and ginger in a medium pot and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes
  3. Remove cider from stove and cool for 10 minutes
  4. Fill a tall glass with ice
  5. Pour ½ cup sparkling water into glass over ice
  6. Pour ¼ cup apple cider into glass
  7. Serve

Makes about 16 sodas

Spices can be superfoods and cinnamon is no exception. Cinnamon is a sweet and warming spice that is good for controlling blood sugar; it is also thought to boost brain function and improve colon health. Further, it has antimicrobial properties.

Ginger is spicy and pungent. I like to cook with fresh ginger and also use it in the homemade teas that I brew on the stove top (when the boys are coming down with a cold I make then Ginger Licorice Tea). Ginger has warming properties that make it an effective aid in digestion. It is also anti-inflammatory and immune boosting.

Cinnamon and ginger are two of my favorite spices –they are both healing, flavorful and delicious.

Here’s hoping that this sweet drink with warming herbal properties helps to satisfy our sweet cravings during this holiday season. What strategies will you use to stay in balance during the holidays?

posted on October 31, 2011, 20 comments

  1. My mouth is literally watering! I must go to the store to get these ingredients. Thank you!

  2. Jamie S.

    Hi Elana,

    This recipe sounds awesome. I have one question – about how big are your cinnamon sticks? I have two types in my pantry – one really long and one really short – so I want to be sure I have the right amount of cinnamon in there.

    And I made your Paleo Pumpkin Bread last night. AMAZING! Hubby loved it as well. Actually, we love just about every recipe we’ve tried from your blog so thanks so much for all the great ideas.

    Happy Halloween,

  3. Malia

    This is a new company getting ready to open up in the next month or two & I’m really excited. It’s basically the equivalent of an on-line costco or sam’s club but ORGANIC & NON GMO foods. They look they they are going to have a lot to offer if they getting enough support. Anyway there is a video that explains it more but the reason I want you to look right away is because they are offering free 1 year memberships if you watch the presentation, but they will go away when they open, they are other options that you can pay for like costco & get added benefits but for those of you on a budget I wanted you to know about the free one. So check it out.


  4. Maegan

    This wil be made! I too adore ginger and cinnamon. We made your peppermint patties for a halloween party the other night and everyone loved them.

  5. Amanda@EasyPeasyOrganic @ easypeasyorganic.com

    As an American expat living in the southern hemisphere, I crave these flavours at this time of year (even though it’s spring and it’s the subtropics). Warmth. Log fires. Books and blankets and cozy drinks. :)

  6. Hello! This is my first time commenting but I have been receiving your recipes for a while now :) I just had a quick question about a recipe from your Almond Flour Cookbook- I made the apple cinnamon muffins a while ago and loooooved them. I wanted to make them again and was wondering if they freeze alright? There is just me and my husband and there is no way to finish all of them before they go bad. Should I just wrap them in plastic and foil to freeze? Thanks :)

    • alicia

      I have made just about every muffin in her almond cookbook. Once they have cooled, I put them in the fridge just to make sure they are cooled all the way, and then pop them in the freezer (yes, in quart size or gallon size freezer bags. My husband and I take a few out of the freezer each morning and reheat them for breakfast. It’s made our mornings so easy.

  7. This recipe is amazing! Every recipe of yours that I’ve tried has been a huge hit with my family, both gluten-free and non-GF members. I’m definitely trying this one! We’re addicted to apple cider, especially the locally made ones. I can only imagine how delighted everybody will be when I try this out.

    You mentioned to leave the skin on the ginger- won’t that get in the way?


  8. Christine @ Nourish the Budding Lotus @ buddinglotusbody.com/nourish

    This sounds delicious! I am looking forward to trying it out as I have been craving naturally sweetened beverages lately and love apple cider.

  9. Lori @ Laurel of Leaves @ laurelofleaves.com

    Wow–I will definitely be making this! Sounds delicious!

  10. nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma @ momnivoresdilemma.blogspot.com

    I just made a batch of water kefir, and I think I now know what I am going to flavor it with…


  11. Tonya

    You are a genius. I have ordered your almond flour cookbook and stalk your site daily. Everything I have made has been delicious. I know when I use your recipes I am not wasting expensive ingredients on something that will not turn out as expected. Thank you for your time and energy you put into bringing us wonderful gluten and dairy free and low GI recipes.

  12. Sharon Schrader

    I just made this apple cider soda last night and it’s awesome! I think I like apple cider soda better than hot apple cider.

  13. Sara

    I made this,and…it was so delicious! It had a depth of flavor that I wasn’t expecting, a nice riff on plain apple juice. I was surprised that the orange peel did not make it bitter.

  14. Caroline

    I just got a Sodastream for my birthday so I’ll definitely be trying this. I love the flavor of apple cider, but I don’t drink many sweet beverages so it always seems too sugary. My trick of diluting juices to make them lighter doesn’t work so well with cider, but sparkling water will turn it into something special. :)

  15. jen

    Sipping down a tasty cup of this right now. Not too sweet and super refreshing. ;)

  16. Meg

    Thank you for this recipe! It was delicious. I used tangerines instead of oranges and it turned out fine.

  17. Healthy Juicer @ juicerdepot.com

    I try to steer my kids away from the typical sugary sodas so I went out and bought a Sodastream. This was the first recipe I tried with it and everyone loved it. To give it a little sweetness I added a touch of agave. It made the house smell good too. I’m going to serve this on Christmas as well.

  18. I loved this recipe and included it in an apple cider round up on my blog. Thanks for making and sharing this, it sounds fabulous! If you’d like to see the round up it’s here http://amandascookin.com/2012/10/30-apple-cider-recipes-for-fall.html

  19. Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving @ agirlworthsaving.net

    This looks so refreshing. I’ll give it a go using mineral water.

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