Mulled Apple Cider Punch
Mulled Apple Cider Punch is a festive drink you can serve hot or cold at your Thanksgiving celebration. I’m partial to it warm, sitting cozy by the fire.
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Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? We are, and it’s guaranteed to be a crowd. Now that we live so close to family, every holiday becomes a pretty big party around here.
With such a big crew stopping by anytime of year, I feel like I have entertaining for a crowd on lockdown. And one thing I really love are festive cocktails that can do double duty.
This Mulled Apple Cider Punch can be served with its boozy counterpart for the adults, and without, for the littles in your life. LOVE THAT.
Everyone will love this spicy, sweet, extra cozy punch for Thanksgiving, and even Christmas and New Year too.
We start with fresh apple cider, cinnamon sticks, star anise, allspice, and cloves. If ever there were a more fall-ish line up of spices, I’d like you to show me, because hello, Autumn!
It’s those spices that make this the perfect drink for making alcoholic with Everclear. That blank canvas brings out their extra autumnal notes, making for an exceptionally cozy cocktail.
When you proof down Everclear correctly (by adding other liquids), it makes for an extremely smooth, deliciously celebratory drink. The golden color or this punch is simply gorgeous and festive, all on its own.
You can make this Mulled Apple Cider Punch ahead of time – it’ll keep for 2 days – and I highly recommend you do so. The longer the spices have to infuse in the apple cider, the tastier this drink will be.
When you’re ready to serve, you can simply heat back up quickly in a saucepan, or serve chilled. Little ones will love this fancy apple juice, and their parents will love that last-minute addition of smooth, boozy Everclear to elevate all those spicy notes.
Make sure you grab some festive glassware for serving up this delectable punch. I suggest two different containers, one for the kiddos and another for the grown-ups, so that you don’t have to make individual cups. Heaven knows, your hands will be busy enough carving up turkey and slicing pumpkin pie. Let the guests serve themselves this boozy (or not) punch.
You’ll be sipping it around the turkey with your favorite people, so you probably better make a double batch.
For another delicious punch recipe, be sure to check out this Pomegranate Ginger Punch – it’s festive and perfect for the holiday season.
Mulled Apple Cider Punch
Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Combine cider, cinnamon sticks, star anise, allspice berries, and whole cloves in a large saucepan. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
- If serving warm, remove spices and add Everclear; stirring to combine. Serve in mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
- If serving cold, cool mulled cider completely, remove spices and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Before serving, stir in Everclear.