Cocktails

Apple and Mint Punch

Ingredients:

2 cups water
4 green tea bags
1 1/2 cups (100 percent) apple juice (recommended: Martinelli's)
1 cup Mint Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
1 cup sparkling water, chilled
ice

Mint Simple Syrup:

1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 packed cup fresh mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Garnish: fresh mint sprigs, optional
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn off the heat, add the tea bags and let steep for 6 minutes. Remove the tea bags and cool the tea to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Pour the cooled tea into a large pitcher. Add the apple juice, Mint Simple Syrup and lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. To serve, add the sparkling water and pour the punch into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs, if desired.
  4. For Mint Simple Syrup: Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the mint leaves. Allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes. Strain before using.
 

Warm and Spicy Autumn Punch

Ingredients:

2 oranges
8 whole cloves
6 cups apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 1/4 cups pineapple juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Stud the whole oranges with cloves, and bake for 30 minutes.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the apple juice and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in the nutmeg, honey, lemon juice, and pineapple juice.
  3. Serve hot in a punch bowl with the 2 clove-studded baked oranges floating on top.
 

Apple Gobbler

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cold unfiltered apple cider
1 1/2 ounce Wild Turkey Bourbon
1 long cinnamon stick

Directions:

  1. Pour the cider into a champagne flute.
  2. Add the bourbon to the cider and gently stir to blend.
  3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
  4. Serve immediately.
 

Caramel Apple Pie Martini

Ingredients:

3 ounces skyy spiced vodka
3 ounces dekuyper sour apple pucker schnapps
2 ounces butterscotch schnapps
1 ounce Amaretto
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon graham cracker crumbs (optional)
apples, slices (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine vodka, amaretto, and the 2 schnapps in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake until cold and blended.
  2. Combine cinnamon, sugar, and cracker crumbs on a small plate. Pour vanilla on another small plate and dip rims of two martini glasses.
  3. Dip wet rims into the sugar mixture. Pour the cold cocktail mixture into the glasses. Garnish with an apple slice and a pinch of the leftover sugar mixture.
  4. Alternatively instead of rimming the glasses, you can just mix the sugar and cinnamon together, and add a bit to each glass after pouring the drinks.
 

Banana Apple Pie Drink

Ingredients:

1 ounce Vodka
1 ounce Banana Schnapps
apple juice

Directions:

  1. Combine vodka and schnapps in a glass, fill with apple juice. Pour into a shaker with ice; strain and serve.
 

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