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Sparkling Spiced CranApple Cider ~ Celebrate the indulgence of the holiday season with a refreshing, sparkling mocktail!
My favorite part of the holidays is spending time with family and friends; indulging in good food, sharing holiday memories and relaxing with a refreshing beverage. Paul and I both served in the military and have spent holidays away from home. We understand some people don’t have family close by to celebrate with so we like to open the casa and share the holidays with everyone we can.
Our Thanksgiving planning has been in the works for a few weeks now especially the menu. I really can’t wait to serve our guests the amazing recipes I have been working on… Can you say Chipotle Green Bean Casserole!
This year we are serving a signature punch instead of hand mixing drinks for the day. I really wanted something that reflects the flavors of the season but isn’t too heavy. Apples, cranberries and spices came to mind first but let’s be honest… we live in Arizona, which means hot drinks can be a bit overwhelming. This punch is fantastic because we serve it chilled with a little sparkle!
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Not everyone in the casa crew likes adult beverages so my Sparkling Spiced CranApple Cider is a delicious drink all of our guests can enjoy. The bonus of this recipe is guests can add the alcohol of their choice to give it a little extra holiday kick. I recommend bourbon or whiskey but the drink is versatile enough you could add your favorite plain or flavored vodka.
Just be sure to use apple cider, not apple juice! You can also substitute cranberry juice instead of cranapple in you want. Fun holiday inspired straws and a sugared rim really helps get everyone in a festive mood too.
Fresh apples, fall leaves and pumpkins really gave our drink station a Thanksgiving feel. Play around with your tablescape and get everyone involved. I even picked up a few pumpkins for our guests to decorate!
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- 4 cups apple cider
- 2 cups CranApple or cranberry juice
- 1 cup bourbon or other preferred alcohol (optional)
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Apple slices for garnish
- Fall colored sanding sugars for garnish (red, orange, green)
- Orange wedge(s)
- 1 bottle 7Up TEN, chilled
- Place all ingredients except soda in a pitcher, stir to combine.
- Mix sanding sugars together in a shallow dish.
- Rub an orange wedge around edge of chilled glasses, dip rim in sugar.
- Fill glasses ⅔ with cider, top with soda. Garnish with apple slices. May also be served over ice. Serve immediately.