As fall sets in, flavors of apple, spices and colorful creations for Halloween parties are perfect options to replace the summer sippers. Here is a roundup of ideas whether your tastes lean toward the visual by re-creating candy corn in a glass, warming it up with spice and fruit or shaking up a simple yet elegant apple martini. Mix up a batch of ghoulishly-colored punch that guests can serve themselves for even easier entertaining. Cheers!
Blueberry Cider Punch Bowl
Makes 10 servings | Recipe and photo courtesy of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council
Colder weather means that it’s time to warm up with cider—a blueberry cider punch bowl. Gather handful of all the delicious fruit you can find, some fresh ginger, and a dash of rum, and your party is off to a delicious start.
½ gallon apple cider
2 cups frozen blueberries
1 orange, sliced
1-inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
2 cups rum
cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and fresh blueberries, for garnish
In a sauce pot, over medium heat, combine apple cider, blueberries, orange slices, and ginger. Simmer until heated through. Remove from heat and stir in rum (or leave out for a non-alcoholic version).
Transfer to a punch bowl and garnish with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and fresh blueberries, if desired. Serve warm or cold.
Makes about 6 servings | Recipe courtesy of Bacardi
1½ cups Bacardi Rum
3/4 cup St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
2 cups Merlot
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup lime juice
orange peel spirals, for garnish
Combine all ingredients into a punch bowl and stir. Garnish with sliced apples, sliced oranges, and orange peel spirals.
Makes 6 servings | Recipe courtesy of Smirnoff
24 ounces Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver
20 ounces orange Juice
6 ounces grenadine
whipped cream and candy corn, for garnish
Chill Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver and orange juice at least 2 hours, and then pour into a large pitcher and stir together. Add 1 ounce grenadine to the bottom of each of 6 cocktail glasses. Pour the Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver mixture on top, leaving about a half inch from top of glass. Garnish each glass with whipped cream and candy corn before serving.
Cranberry Apple Smash
Makes 1 serving | Recipe by Megan Marlowe, Strawberry Blondie Kitchen, courtesy of Smirnoff
1-2 tablespoons apple preserves
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces Smirnoff Seltzer Cranberry Lime
rosemary sprig and cranberries, for garnish
Shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into glass with ice and pour 2 ounces Smirnoff Seltzer Cranberry Lime over top. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and cranberries.
Makes 8 servings | Recipe courtesy of Smirnoff
12 ounces Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
24 ounces apple cider
8 ounces pomegranate juice
8 ounces orange juice
6 ounces cinnamon whiskey
In a large punch bowl, stir together all ingredients. Garnish with apple slices, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks.
Green Apple Martini
Makes 1 serving | Recipe courtesy of Smirnoff
1 ounce Smirnoff Green Apple vodka
½ ounce sour mix
1 ounce apple juice
apple slice, for garnish
Shake vodka, sour mix, and apple juice with ice. Strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with apple slice.