Festive Fall Drink Recipes

Lots of folks crave warm, seasonal beverages when autumn rolls around, but cool drinks featuring the same ingredients —such as cinnamon, apple, and cranberry— can also be very refreshing.

See what we mean with these three fantastic (non-alcoholic) fall drink recipes:

Photo: Cook Nourish Bliss

Ginger Apple Spritzer via Cook Nourish Bliss 
You Will Need:
2 cups fresh apple cider
1 cup ginger beer
1 cup sparkling water
1 medium apple, chopped
ice cubes, for serving

1. Add the apple cider, ginger beer, sparkling water and chopped apple to a pitcher. Stir briefly to combine.
2. Pour into glasses filled with ice. Serve.

Cranberry Cider Punch via How Sweet It Is
You Will Need:
autumn simple syrup 
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 
3 cinnamon sticks 
2 star anise
a few slices of orange rind

Photo: How Sweet It Is

bursting cranberries
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup water

1 1/2 cups apple cider
3/4 cups cranberry juice
2/3 cup ginger beer
1/3 cup autumn simple syrup

autumn simple syrup
Combine all ingredients together in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. You can store this in the fridge for a few days.

bursting cranberries
Add the cranberries and water to a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the water is simmering and the cranberries are bursting, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use the cranberries in the punch and as garnish in the glasses.

Stir the ingredients together gently (the ginger beer will make it fizz!) and taste. All ginger beers can be different, so you may want to add more simple syrup or cider if yours is super spicy. You can also use ginger ale, but in that case you may want less simple syrup than what is called for. Serve the punch over crushed ice (this is important!) and garnish with the bursting cranberries.

Photo: Domestically Blissful

Festive Sparkling Cider via Domestically Blissful 
You Will Need:
4 cups fresh apple cider
3 cups cranberry doda *(1)
2 cups sparkling cider
1 cups white grape juice
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon all spice
diced apples *(2)
3 cinnamon sticks (optional)

1. In a large pitcher mix the 4 cups fresh apple cider, 3 cups cranberry soda, 2 cups sparkling cider, and 1 cup white grape juice.
2. On a plate mix the 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon allspice.
3. Dip the rim of each glass in water (or the Festive Sparkling Cider) and then in the spiced sugar.
4. Add the diced apple pieces to the cup and pour your Festive Sparkling Cider into each glass.
5. Serve and enjoy.

Cider fans at The Reserve on West 31st might want to make a trip to Louisburg Cider Mill in Louisburg, Kansas— home of the annual Ciderfest.

Meanwhile, residents at The Commons at Tallahassee who still want a warm beverage, should consider making this homemade pumpkin spice coffee creamer before hitting up the community’s coffee station.

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