Apple Brandy Punch from Awesome on 20

Apple Brandy Punch

Apple Brandy Punch from Awesome on 20

You may still have holiday guests hanging around. You may be planning a fabulous brunch this weekend. You may need something to sip on New Year’s Eve. Apple Brandy Punch is the answer to all of your problems.

 Sometimes you want to take your time and spend the entire day feasting. Sometimes you want to be cheap and not spend a ton of money on liquor. Sometimes you want to make the drinks all at once and be done with it. That’s why this punch is so great. It’s mostly juice with just a splash of brandy. You could amp it up with some vodka or a heavier hand with the brandy if you like, or you can take it easy and just keep drinking this all day long.

Apple Brandy Punch from Awesome on 20

Sparkling apple cider, apple juice, pineapple juice, and brandy all get poured in a zip top bag, then tossed in the freezer. You can leave it in there for an hour or overnight. Then you just let it thaw enough to break into big chunks, pop it in your pitcher or punch bowl, maybe float some apple slices, and boom! You’re all sophisticated and fancy and you only spent ten bucks.

Apple brandy punch is a bit sweet, a bit sparkly, and a bit slushy. It’s all kinds of interesting. And make ahead drinks are completely stress free.

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Fill your glass with seasonal cheer. Then refill it again and again. It’s the right thing to do.

Apple Brandy Punch
Serves 6
Sparkly sweet punch you can keep drinking all day
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups sparkling apple cider
  2. 2 cups apple juice
  3. 1 cup pineapple juice
  4. 1/2 cup brandy
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a gallon-sized zip top bag.
  2. Freeze for at least an hour.
  3. Transfer to a pitcher or punch bowl and serve as it melts.
Notes
  1. This is great when it's still slightly slushy.
Adapted from 1001 Fast and Easy Recipes
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Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail from Awesome on 20

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail from Awesome on 20

I’ve recently noticed that there is a shocking lack of cocktail recipes on this blog. Shame on me. Especially with the holiday season upon us, a time in which nearly every day can be an excuse for a celebration, I need to make sure all my friends can have a delightful cocktail at home. Cocktails are awesome, but bar prices suck. You need something fancy and festive, and I won’t let you down.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail from Awesome on 20

This cocktail comes from the brilliant Darla of Bakingdom. She is a genius and a major nerd fighter, and I might have a giant crush on her and her blog. She took the best juice ever, sparkling apple cider (aka kid champagne), added some vodka and a spiced syrup, and created a truly tasty cocktail. It will having you sipping merrily and trying to work fancy words like soiree into your vocabulary. 

I don’t know. Holding a martini glass just does strange things to me.

The only minor drawback to this drink is the fact that a bit of spice silt will collect in the bottom of your glass. I tried straining the syrup through a coffee filter to get rid of some of the spice particles, but it didn’t work. Just drink until you get to the thick bits, then rinse out your glass and start again. The flavor that the spiced syrup adds is totally worth it.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail from Awesome on 20

It’s nearly Christmas, so there’s no need to look too hard to come up with a reason to drink cocktails with friends. Give this one a try. It’s awesome!

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail
Serves 1
A warmly spiced sparkling apple cocktail that's as lovely to look at as it is to drink
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
For the syrup
  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup orange juice
  3. 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
For the cocktail
  1. 1 shot chilled vodka
  2. 1 shot spiced syrup
  3. 4 shots chilled sparkling apple cider
  4. sugar for the rim
For the syrup
  1. In a small sauce pan over medium high heat, combine sugar, orange juice, and spices. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.
  2. Simmer for ten minutes, then strain syrup through a fine mesh sieve. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
For the cocktail
  1. Pour a bit of the syrup onto a small plate, then pour some sugar onto another small plate. Dip the top of your martini glass into the syrup then into the sugar. I sort of press the sugar out to the edge of the plate to help coat it better, wedging the sugar between the rim of the glass and the edge of the plate to gently press it on.
  2. In a cocktail mixer or a measuring cup with a spout, stir together vodka, syrup, and sparkling cider. This one has to be stirred, not shaken. The bubbles from the sparkling cider will build up too much pressure if you shake it.
  3. Pour your cocktail into your beautifully rimmed martini glass, then walk around pretending you're on Mad Men.
Adapted from Bakingdom
Adapted from Bakingdom
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Bacon Mudslide Milkshake from Awesome on 20

Bacon Mudslide Milkshake

Bacon Mudslide Milkshake from Awesome on 20

I was very naughty this weekend. I spent four days worth of money on liquor and bacon. But I did it all for you so you could have this bacon mudslide milkshake.

I went to Costco and ended up coming home with a liter of Kahlua, a liter of Bailey’s, 1.75 liters of vodka, and four pounds of bacon. I’m telling myself that I just have to make it last. It’s an investment in my future. My very delicious and slightly tipsy future. So maybe if you buy all the booze all at once, it’s not that cheap, but if you consider how much it would cost to get a cocktail milkshake in a bar, well you’re really making your money stretch.

Bacon Mudslide Milkshake from Awesome on 20

My husband asked a friend to bring him some bacon vodka back from the mainland. He was going through a serious bacon phase and thought it would be a great idea to have a bottle in the house. On it’s own, this particular bacon vodka was fairly awful, but mix it with something creamy and it’s pretty dang tasty. 

Of course, you could just use regular vodka, and have regular mudslide milkshakes and it will still be awesome, but if you’ve somehow found yourself with a bottle of bacon vodka on your bar and you don’t know what to do with it, give this a try. It’s chocolaty, creamy, boozy, and potent. And so extremely fantastic when it seems like your living room might actually be the hottest place on Earth.

Bacon Mudslide Milkshake from Awesome on 20

And guess what else! Tomorrow is chocolate milkshake day! You had no idea. I know. That’s what you keep me around for. Make sure you get yourself a boozy bacon mudslide milkshake to celebrate. I know things. You should trust me.

Bacon Mudslide Milkshake
Serves 1
A creamy boozy chocolate shake with a hint of bacon flavor
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 shots bacon vodka
  2. 3 shots Bailey's
  3. 2 shots Kahlua
  4. 2 cups chocolate ice cream
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients in your blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. A crisp bacon stir stick never hurt anybody.
Notes
  1. This will make one large milkshake or two small ones, just in case overindulging isn't your thing.
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