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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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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