Need an adult drink for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving? Spiked Cider Punch is so easy that it takes less than 5 minutes to make, serves a crowd, and has a short list of ingredients. It has the distinctively crisp flavors of fall that make you want to walk through leaves and go on hayrides. Friendly reminder, don’t drink and hayride. 🤣
What do you need to make Spiked Cider Punch?
Very few things actually.
-fresh cider (or at least the kind you get in the refrigerator section, not the kids juice section).
-apricot jam (this adds the perfect level of sweetness and a little depth to the flavor)
-an orange (you can sub a lemon if necessary). You really only need half an orange, the juice and zest.
-Cointreau (or any citrus flavor liqueur such as triple sec or grand marnier)
-Prosecco (you can use champagne but I like prosecco)
-Sliced apples (optional for garnish)
These are just a few ways I’ve varied the printable recipe below.
-Swap out the orange for a lemon. It gives it a slightly more tart flavor, but there’s not enough in the recipe to throw it off. When the oranges at my store don’t look good, I use a lemon.
-Substitute spiced cider for the regular cider. Easy swap that you can make according to your preference. You might want to also add a few cinnamon sticks to the garnish on top to indicate the cinnamon flavor profile of your cider.
-Change the liquor. I will use whatever of the citrus ones I have on hand that I mentioned above. They are each slightly different but all excellent.
-I once used a leaf silicone mold to make leaf shaped ice cubes to go in this punch. So cute! You could to the same thing with an apple shaped mold. And since ice can (and should) be made ahead, you can easily have these ready to go at serving time.