Growing up having a nice warm cup of apple cider was one of my favorite things about coming home on a cool Fall day. But here in Texas cold and fall…don’t really go together. It’s more like a hot humid Fall day here right now. But instead of missing out on my favorite treat a close friend taught me how to make this cold apple cider punch. It has all the spicy flavors of it’s hot counterpart, but by adding adding a little bit of soda and some ice you get a nice cool sparking treat. Its perfect on a warm Fall day.
All you need to do is start your punch as you would a traditional apple cider. Add two parts apple juice/cider to 1 part orange juice in a pot on the stove. Then add your spices. I love to use the mulling spices from Williams Sonoma, but if you don’t have that just add a few cinnamon sticks, a few cloves, and a pinch of nutmeg. Let the mixture come to a boil and then let it simmer on the stove for 20 minutes to let all the flavors meld together. Then let it cool and place it in the fridge to get cold.
Once it cold serve it with one part Sprite or 7up to 3 parts cider mixture. It just gives it a little bit of sweetness and sparkle.
If you want you can add whip cream and an apple slice for garnish but neither are necessary. You can easily leave those out and serve this drink from a punch bowl if you want it for a party.
I hope you love it as much as I do!