Sparkling Apple Cider & Thyme Martini

Apple season is the perfect “thyme”for this Fall inspired Apple Cider & Thyme Martini! If you’ve been “soured” by way too many sickly sweet versions of the sour apple martini versions in the past, give this refreshing herbaceous version a try! The thyme simple syrup is super easy to make and plays deliciously off the apple cider lifting the sweetness. The result is a lightly sweet apple cider flavor that is crisp and light from the sparkling juice and vodka, with an added depth of flavor from the fresh thyme infused syrup, and a cozy warmth from the cinnamon sugar rim. You can always leave off the cinnamon sugar rum as well if you’d prefer to lighten the sweetness factor even more. 

This is the perfect martini for festive fall get togethers or to cozy up with on a crisp Fall evening. Thyme to shake one up and get sipping!

Makes: 1 large martini
Active Time: Approximately 5 minutes
Inactive Time: 30 minutes for simple syrup to cool down after coming to boil.


  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces sparkling apple cider 
  • 1 ounce thyme simple syrup, cooled 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon for rimming glass
  • Slice of apple, sprig of thyme, and cinnamon stick for garnish

For Thyme Simple Syrup:

  • A few sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


For thyme syrup, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil stirring over medium heat. Once it starts boiling and sugar has dissolved turn off the heat and throw in the thyme sprigs. Remove pan from the heat and let sit for approximately 20 minutes for thyme to infuse into the syrup. Remove the thyme sprigs, pour syrup into a container and refrigerate until cool.

Once syrup has cooled, combine vodka, sparkling cider, and thyme simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well.

Mix cinnamon sugar and pour in a plate. Rub the rum of a martini glass with a wedge of lemon and dip in the cinnamon sugar. Pour in the cocktail mixture and garnish with a slice of apple, sprig of thyme, and a cinnamon stick if desired. 

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