Super Simple Homemade Sparkling Apple Cider

Super Simple Homemade Sparkling Apple Cider

Today’s visit to the OGT archives was inspired by the beautiful fall weather we are experiencing here lately. Makes me think of apples, which in turn makes me think of apple cider. While I’m a fan of HOT apple cider, I’m especially fond of SPARKLING apple cider. So much so that when my son got married, we served it at an Open House in his and his wife Kaitlyn’s honor.

This is our super simple DIY version of the pricey bottled stuff…….

Homemade Sparkling Apple Juice

Super Simple Homemade Sparkling Apple Cider


  • 2 cans apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2 liter bottle club soda


Super Simple Homemade Sparkling Apple Cider

Mix the apple juice concentrate and club soda together and serve! (I also added ice and a few sliced apples to enhance the pretty factor.)

Super Simple Homemade Sparkling Apple Cider

Were you able to catch all of that? Do you need me to repeat it? ;-)

It was SO good! I really didn’t hold out too much hope that it could compare with the “real” thing…but honestly, I think I liked it BETTER than Martinelli’s. And it was SO pretty in the beverage dispensers I picked up on sale this week.

Super Simple Homemade Sparkling Apple Cider

I do love a S I M P L E idea that is such a crowd-pleaser. Give it a try at your next gathering…and I can practically guarantee a happy crowd. :-)

Super Simple Homemade Sparkling Apple Cider

Homemade Sparkling Apple Cider

Jill Nystul
Homemade Sparkling Apple Cider was inspired by the beautiful fall weather we are experiencing here lately. Makes me think of apples, which in turn makes me think of apple cider. It was SO good!
3.60 from 59 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 173 kcal


  • 2 12 oz. cans apple juice concentrate thawed
  • 2 liter bottle club soda


  • Mix and serve


Calories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 68mgPotassium: 384mgFiber: 1gSugar: 36gVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
Super Simple Homemade Sparkling Apple Cider


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  • […] route and just buy the Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, we decided to make our own this year. This Super Simple Homemade Sparkling Apple Cider recipe from One Good Thing by Jillee is simple and super easy to […]

  • Make sure to use only about 1/4 of the water at first to stir the concentrate. Add the remaining 3/4 water at the end so you don’t stir all the carbonation out.

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  • Thanks, Jillee!!!! It was so good! Are you allowed to use the club soda and put it in another drink instead of just Apple Juice? I would definitely make this again!!

  • I made this today, except I could only find 1 Liter bottles of club soda at Harris Teeter. I just halved the recipe, using 1 liter, and 1 can of apple juice concentrate (from Aldi’s). The first few sips I took tasted pretty good, and fairly close to Martinelli’s.

    However, after about half a glass, I found this combination to be much sweeter than Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider. I wondered if maybe the Aldi’s brand juice cans had sugar added to it, but the ingredients say it’s just concentrated apple juice and ascorbic acid (I presume for preservation).

    I also wondered if 1 liter of club soda was enough. I’m really not trying to rag on this recipe, but it also was not as bubbly as I’d hoped it would be. That could just be because the apple juice itself is not carbonated.

    This recipe is so straightforward, I’m not sure how anyone could get it wrong. But leave it to me. LOL. I am a huge Martinelli’s fan, and since I live alone and my immediate family is 600 miles away, I will often buy a couple of bottles just for myself to have during the fall/winter season. I was hoping this could replace those bottles, but I don’t think I would make it again.

  • I forgot all about this delicious drink from the wedding! My daughter is having a sweet sixteen Halloween party and this will be prefect! Thanks for re-posting!

  • This may be a stupid question, but do you prepare the apple juice by adding regular water, then adding the club soda? Or, do you use club soda for all the water normally called for?

      • Thanks, Jillee! Can’t wait to try it! My kids love the sparkling juices, but they almost always have high fructose corn syrup, so this will be a great replacement!

  • I was so excited to have this great recipe, I am not real sure what I was trying to say on the first comment. But, thanks again for sharing.

  • this sounds great! i’m addicted to carbonation. i also find it helpful to drink tonic water to help with night leg cramps. i fell in love with the combination of sugar free tonic (house brand from shop n’ save) and grape flavored ‘crystal light’ (again house brand). i make the crystal light with HALF the amount of water called for and mix about 1/3 part tonic to 2/3 part ‘crystal light’. this would be a great way for me to get sparkling cider which i do like. but, would prefer a sugar free option.

  • I just got some fresh apple cider from our local orchard and diluted 50/50 with sparkling water and splashed it over ice. My new go-to drink. I have given up my addiction to Crystal Lite and diet sodas and am on a quest for healthy, low calorie drinks. I freeze apple cider in small containers, (let it freeze open, the when frozen, cap it), and have it all winter. Apple cider makes great ice pops too! Try it, you’ll like it!

  • I wouldn’t use the soda stream on the juice itself. The instructions with mine said only to carbonate water… if you use it on juice or other flavored things you will contaminate the machine… the little spigot that shoots the air out. All kinds of nastyes can grow.

  • Are you suggesting carbonating the diluted apple juice itself in your Soda Stream? I’ve always been afraid to try other liquids but it sure would be cool if it works!

  • I think you may want to ‘concentrate’ the regular apple juice, as the concentrate mentioned that is concentrated. ;)
    I think reducing the regular apple juice by boiling down by more than half may give a better flavor, otherwise the apple flavor will be too dilute.
    In the States, apple juice is usually the most inexpensive sold, concentrate or not, so would still be a money saving effort even with reducing.
    Soda Stream is such a cool idea!!

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  • Why not just use ordinary sparkling water, we have loads of those, they start from about 19p for 2litres or go more upmarket and use sparkling spring water like Perrier?

    And then buy the normal concentrated fruit juice, they last for ages in the cupboard.

    And yes I live in the UK.

  • Hmmm … in Britain we don’t have frozen juice concentrates, only litre-size cartons of various juices. BUT we do have Soda Stream for carbonating tap water. I’d guess I can get the same result as the “recipe” by carbonating the apple juice (maybe a bit diluted?) in one of the Soda Stream bottles.

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