Spiked Apple Cider

Now that you’ve decorated the house, decided on costumes and headed to a pumpkin patch or two, now is the time to focus on how to make YOUR Halloween the most delicious it can be. I’m talking about ensuring that your trick-or-treating includes a steaming mug of my favorite spiked apple cider.

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Since alcoholic apple cider is just about everywhere on the market, it might be tempting to simply stick with something premade and head out the door. But I want to remind you that drinking (and eating) seasonally is one of the best things to do in the Fall, and you will never go wrong supporting your local apple orchard, either.



  • 1 gallon freshly milled apple cider
  • 1 cup Fireball whisky
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks, either whole or snapped in half
  • 1 sliced apple
  • Whipped cream and caramel for garnish


The best part about this fresh and tasty recipe is that it is versatile. You can omit the whisky if desired and you can also vary the drink temperature based on your environment. Whether you live in a climate where Halloween is hot and steamy or if you shiver while going from door to door like us Chicagoans, this spiked apple cider recipe is the perfect Halloween cocktail.

If preparing cold, combine the cider, whisky and cinnamon sticks in a giant pitcher. Stir and let chill for one hour. Add ice to the pitcher before serving and swap into a plastic Halloween drink dispenser if you are afraid of rogue elbows and kids on a sugar high.

If preparing a warm batch, combine the same ingredients, but this time in a large saucepan or crock pot. Cook on low for two hours to let the flavors truly develop or dump into your slow cooker.

Finally, get creative when serving your spiked apple cider. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzle of caramel or simply garnish with an apple slice. I love to add a few plastic bats or spiders to my mug to really get into the holiday spirit. Don’t forget some fun straws and seasonal napkins to wrap around your glass!

Whatever you choose, I guarantee this will be one of the most delicious treats of the night (in addition to the Reese’s that you steal from your kids, of course!).

Be sure to check out my other drink recipes and Fall Treats to get you through the stressful holiday season!




  1. Christa says

    I’m glad I’m reading this on a Friday because now my weekend plans are set! This looks like exactly what the doctor ordered. I can’t wait to make (and enjoy) it.

  2. Amanda Martin says

    Spiked apple cider is the BEST. I’m not a fireball fan (too many bad experiences in LOL) but I do loved cider with some pumpkin pie vodka or butterscotch schnapps! MMM!

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