Baked Apple Punch
Serves: 8
All credits © 2017 Eventstyle, LLC - Nothing evokes autumn better than the tantalizing fragrance of a freshly baked apple pie. This punch manages to balance the flavors of sweet fruit and classic spices with the underlying warmth of spirits. Itʼs just what you want to serve at tailgating parties or Thanksgiving celebrations
  • 4 c. apple cider, or unfiltered apple juice
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
  • ½ c. light brown sugar
  • 2 c. vodka
  • Apple-Pie-Spiced Sugar (recipe below)
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • Apple Pie-Spiced Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. superfine sugar,
  • Tbsp. ground cinnamon,
  • /2 tsp. ground nutmeg,
  • /2 tsp. allspice
  • /4 tsp. ground cloves
  • In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Store in an airtight container.
  1. In the saucepan, combine the cider, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, vanilla (pod and seeds) and brown sugar and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat and steep until cooled.
  3. Strain into the glass pitcher, add vodka and refrigerate until completely cold.
  4. Before serving, spread a thin layer of the spiced sugar on the small plate.
  5. Coat the rims of each glass with the juice from the lemon wedge and roll in the sugar.Pour 6 oz. of the chilled cocktail into each prepared glass and garnish with an apple ring and a cinnamon stick.
Recipe by Three Different Directions at