Something that's quickly becoming my favorite holiday tradition is hosting a pumpkin carving party for a handful of friends. Everyone brings a pumpkin, and we provide carving tools, stencils, snacks and some booze.
As someone who doesn't like bourbon, I've actually never had this cocktail. But I've made it a few times and this year I even received a few request to make it again. So I thought I would share the recipe here. This is an incredibly easy cocktail that serves a crowd, doesn't break the bank, and people can serve themselves.
Spiked Apple Cider for a Crowd
Makes enough for 10-15 people
1 gallon apple cider
1 750mL bourbon
2 slices of orange
1 cinnamon stick
handful of whole cloves
In a large pot, add apple cider and cinnamon stick. Stick 4-5 whole cloves into each slices of orange and add to the pot. Simmer for 1 hour and then let cool completely.
In a large beverage dispenser or a punch bowl, add cider and bourbon and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Remove cinnamon stick and oranges and replace with fresh orange slices (optional). Encourage guests to pour their own drink, with or without ice, and garnish with cinnamon stick, orange slice, or apple slice. Cheers!