Mighty Thirst: Halloween Spiked Cider

11th October 2012

This is what I serve at my annual pumpkin-carving party. Hot cider is usually too sweet for me, so I add unsweetened cranberry juice — not cranberry cocktail, but the real stuff that’s just smooshed cranberries — to make a pleasantly tart variation.

Halloween Spiked Cider

-3 Cups Unfiltered Apple Juice
-1 Cup Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
-6 Cloves
-2 Cinnamon Sticks
-2 Strips of Lemon Zest
-2 Strips of Orange Zest
-Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Combine everything but the rum in a saucepan, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add rum to taste. I do about a shot per cup. Bourbon and brandy work too, which makes this an excellent party punch. Just line the bottles up next to the stovetop. Non-drinkers can just have cider, drinkers can choose their poison.

If you want to make your own apple cups, use a circular cookie cutter to punch out the top, and hollow out the inside with a spoon. Grapefruit spoons work particularly well. If you’re a meticulous sort, you can add a few drops of candle wax to seal the bottom, sometimes the seed chamber connects with the bottom and the cup leaks.

Here’s to roasted pumpkin seeds, mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and decorative gourd season, motherfuckers. What are you toasting this week?

I’m making 100 cocktails as part of my Life List. This is number 11. Here are the rest:

1. Shots in ‘Cots, 2. Avocado Bourbon Shake, 3. The Vacation, 4. Sassy Lassi, 5. Cherry Bing, 6. The ABC, 7. Toddy Shots 8. Cafe Picante 9. Gin and Juice (Box) 10. The Neighbor

7 thoughts on “Mighty Thirst: Halloween Spiked Cider

  1. Anne Phillips

    The picture reminds me of girl scout sodas, with the orange and the candy-cane straw. Modern, adult girl scout sodas. “Be Prepared.”

  2. Jen

    I’m with you right up until putting it in a hollowed out apple. Personally, I like hot cider in a cute mug – that way you avoid burning your hand AND you can sit on your porch and sip the night away without looking like an alcoholic cat lady. (Not that I worry about these things… ok, I do.) But, the apples are super cute – I bet they would make super cute cups for a cocktail that includes applejack recipe? Just a thought – to each his own, of course, and my opinion isn’t anymore valid than anyone. (Can you tell I hate a-hole critics that spout off their opinions? Because I do.) Cheers – keep up the good work!

  3. Becky

    This sounds amazing! And now that Fall has finally arrived in the East Bay, I’m ready for some cozy cocktails.

  4. Meegan

    Yum. Love the cranberry addition. And the rum. Of course the rum. I’m toasting to the weekend. Dudes, I need a weekend.

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