The cider-honey base of this fall beverage makes enough for both adult and kid twists: one with pale ale, the other with sparkling cider. Beer and cider are refreshing and lower in sugar and alcohol than stronger potions, which tend to go down a bit too easily.
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The soda shop classic gets a grown-upgrade with the addition of hard root beer and dark rum. When you need a true “treat yoself” moment, this 3-ingredient, boozy root beer float is just what the doctor ordered. To take down the booze level a bit, simply leave out the rum.
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Shoo-Fly Punch Recipe Ginger beer is a nonalcoholic fizzy beverage with a pop of spicy ginger. It's the flavor secret in this spicy but refreshing cocktail.
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Grape-Apple Cider Recipe Fresh grapes sweeten the cider and turn it a beautiful amber hue. For an adult brew, stir in 1 cup rum just before serving.
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Adding hard cider to this beer creates a cocktail with a tangy edge and sweet notes to round it out. This cocktail is a perfect way to dress up your beer and create new flavors with any hard ciders that you have on hand.
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Apple-Cranberry Holiday Wassail
Apple-Cranberry Holiday Wassail
Recipe We spiked this punch with dark rum, but it's equally nice with bourbon. Or omit the bourbon altogether for an alcohol-free version of this warming beverage.
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Warm Mulled Cider
Warm Mulled Cider Recipe Simmer this cider on the stove before your holiday gathering to fill the house with scents of the season like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.
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Mulled Pomegranate and Red Wine Punch
Mulled Pomegranate and Red Wine Punch Recipe If you're throwing a big holiday party and your stove is full, use a slow cooker to simmer up this tangy mulled wine. Set up the slow-cooker in the kitchen or on a dining table, and let guests serve themselves.
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Recipe Spiced with the right ingredients--ground ginger, allspice, nutmeg--this classic fall drink is transformed into a festive treat. Optional: Serve with rum.
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Spiced Caramel Cider Recipe If you'd prefer a beverage with less spice, try substituting apple juice for the apple cider. It's fantastic either way.
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Spiced Apple Cider
Spiced Apple Cider Recipe Spiced apple cider is a fun drink to make for your family for a holiday meal or celebration. It's also an amazing pick-me-up on a cold Sunday afternoon while hanging out watching football. If you're serving it at a holiday party for adults, add a shot of spiced rum to each mug. Delicious!
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Spiced Cider Recipe A perfect warm cider for a small gatherings, this holiday brew is made by simmering apple cider with fresh lemon and orange slices, cinnamon, and cloves. Make it up a day in advance and reheat before serving.
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Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch
Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch Recipe Steeping fresh cranberries with juice, raisins, and cinnamon sticks starts things off for this mulled punch. But additions of red wine, lemon, almond flavors, and orange liqueur build an evener richer depth of taste. As warming holiday beverages go, this one's a stunner.
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Easy Swedish Glögg
Easy Swedish Glögg Recipe Similar to a wassail, this spicy sweet beverage warms up even the coldest winter nights. Make the brew up to two weeks ahead in preparation for your holiday gathering.
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Mulled Cider and Wine
Mulled Cider and Wine Recipe This warm drink calls for a quick simmer with juices and spices, then an easy addition of red wine just before serving.
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Cider and Spice Bag
Cider and Spice Bag Recipe The spice bag, made with peppercorns, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and citrus rind, adds rich flavor to this easy cider recipe. If your party falls on an unusually warm winter day, try this beverage over ice; it's equally delicious hot or cold.
Thanksgiving Star Cider Recipe Far from the usual, this warm cider is made with pear nectar, red wine, and honey that's steeped with star anise and dried hibiscus blossoms. Star anise, found in Asian markets or on the spice aisle at the supermarket, gives it a licorice-like flavor.
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Apricot-Apple Cider Sipper
Apricot-Apple Cider Sipper Recipe A hint of apricot and sweet spices give this citrus apple cider a clean, refreshing flavor. Perfect to serve at holiday gatherings, book clubs, or for carolers, the recipe makes 20 cups. Keep it warm in a crock pot and let guests serve themselves.
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Pineapple Wassail Recipe Typically wassail (Norse for "be in good health") is a spicy-sweet, wine-based holiday punch. This alcohol-free version steeps spices with a blend of fruit juices instead: pineapple juice, apricot nectar, o.j., and apple cider. The kids are gonna love it.
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Warm Hazelnut Toddy
Warm Hazelnut Toddy Recipe Curl up by the fire with this simple beverage that takes less than a minute to make. Simply combine hazelnut-flavored liqueur with hot water then top with whipped cream.
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Spiced Pomegranate Sipper
Spiced Pomegranate Sipper Recipe Pomegranate, white grape, and pineapple juices simmer with cinnamon, clove, and ginger to make a fragrant, elegant beverage for a special holiday dinner or gathering.
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Hot Mulled Cider
Hot Mulled Cider Recipe Almost like a chai tea, this fragrant hot beverage steeps apple cider, a splash of orange juice, and all your favorite masala spices, including cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, peppercorn, and cloves. A few slices of fresh ginger give it a soothing zing.
27 of 28Becky Luigart-Stayner
Mulled Cranberry-Apple Cider
Mulled Cranberry-Apple Cider
Recipe Simmer some apple pie goodness on the stove with this wonderfully fragrant cranberry-apple cider beverage. It's warm and full of all those familiar pie spices, everything from cinnamon to nutmeg to cloves. But it comes packaged without a lot of calories and fat.
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Orange Spiced Cider
Orange Spiced Cider Recipe Bottled apple cider, pantry spices, and dark rum come together with a little orange peel to make a simple apple cider with a big heartwarming kick. But you can easily leave out the rum (and add it after cooking) so the kids can imbibe too.