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Make this blood-red Halloween punch and pretend you’re a vampire

Halloween inspires a lot of cocktails that look creepy but don’t taste like anything you’d go near the rest of the year. Skip the sticky-sweet liqueurs and food coloring. This punch is not only on theme for the holiday, but it’s also a sophisticated and seasonal drink for grown-ups.

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An ice ring or ice block will keep the punch cold, but you could serve it in ice-filled punch cups instead. For an even spookier punch, soak the lemon slices in grenadine to dye them. I like the rich flavor of pure pomegranate juice, but this recipe could also work with a pomegranate juice blend, such as pomegranate-cranberry. “Juice cocktails” are cheaper because they have added sugar and water, but they also have less flavor.

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Blood-red fall punch recipe

Serves 10 – 12


  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 4 cups apple brandy
  • 4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup ginger liqueur
  • 4 cups sparkling apple cider


  1. Fill a Bundt or loaf pan 3/4-full of water and freeze. Once it’s solid, arrange the lemon slices on top of the ice. Carefully add more water until the pan is full and then freeze.
  2. Combine all ingredients except sparkling cider in a punch bowl. Before serving, add the sparkling cider and ice ring or ice block.

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