October ushers in a long season of varied holidays and reasons for gathering. Whether you’re hosting a football game–viewing gala or a Halloween blowout, it always helps to have a tasty cocktail (or mocktail) for the guests as soon as they arrive. This Caramel-Apple Cider is a fun play on the classic fall favorite and compliments many different finger foods. Pair this cider with anything from a simple plate of cheddar cheese slices and apple wedges to a platter of Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Gorgonzola.
Caramel-Apple Cider Cocktail
Makes 4 drinks
Caramel-flavored ice cream topping, optional
2 cups apple juice
1 ½ cups apple schnapps
1⁄2 cup cranberry juice
1⁄2 cup bourbon
2 tablespoons caramel-flavored ice cream topping
Garnish: cinnamon sticks
1. Place a small amount of caramel topping in a saucer. Dip edge of glasses into topping. Let stand.
2. In a large pitcher, combine apple juice, schnapps, cranberry juice, bourbon, and ice cream topping. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, if desired.
Caramel-Apple Cider Mocktail
Makes 2 drinks
1. Prepare recipe as directed at left, omitting apple schnapps and bourbon.
Cheers to a happy, healthy home!
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