(Easy) Spiked Cider Holiday Punch Recipe

It’s that spiked cider time of year!┬áBy far, one of my favorite fall / winter cocktails is spiked cider. Have you ever tried it?

A spiked cider cocktail recipe in coupe glasses with cinnamon sticks on top

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved regular (un-spiked) apple cider, but then I tried spiked cider at some holiday party years ago and I’m pretty sure I’m never going back. Haha. It tastes oh-so-good AND warms you up like nobody’s business.

So I’m sharing the recipe, in case anyone needs an easy holiday cocktail idea that can be batched, like this one.

Because this time of year, nothing warms your insides up like a strong whiskey drink, except maybe your kid(s) seeing Santa for the first time or Christmas morning when you were a kiddo…or a whole slew of other Christmas moments. BUT I THINK YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

Overhead view of spiked cider punch for the holidays, with orange and apple slices, cinnamon sticks, and edible flowers.

The thing I love most about batch cocktails like this one that can be served in a punch bowl, other than the fact that I get to break my rarely used (very pretty) punch bowl, is that guests can serve themselves.

If you’re hosting a holiday party or having a few guests over for something more low key, you know how nice it is to have something ANYTHING checked off your list of things to do. And because guests can serve themselves AND feel more inclined to help restock when the punch bowl runs low (bc it’s easy to spot), this spiked cider recipe has a special place in my holiday (entertaining) heart.

It could also be a great option to bring / make for a holiday potluck once all the food has been covered. And I promise the host will love that someone thought to bring a spiked punch to the party. Though you may want to check ahead of time, just in case.

Did I mention you can also serve this holiday cocktail hot OR cold?!

Apple cider cocktails with cinnamon sticks and apple slices

So, if you want make your own spiked cider this holiday season, I’ve included all the ingredients and instructions below. Scroll to the bottom of this post for the printer friendly version of this recipe.

Ingredients for Simple Cider Whiskey Punch

  • 4-6 cups of whiskey (depending on how strong you like your drinks)
  • 6 cups of apple cider (steer clear of any apple juice from concentrate)
  • .5 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • .5 cup of water (if you skip on using ice, double this amount)
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp nutmeg
  • cinnamon sticks, apple slices, orange rounds, and edible flowers* (all optional to float on top)

How to Make Spiked Cider Whiskey Punch

Combine whiskey, apple cider, lemon juice, and water. Sprinkle in cinnamon and nutmeg. Then stir. Pour over ice and add cinnamon sticks, apple slices, and orange rounds for top floaters.

*Extra tip – If it’s an especially blistering winter evening, try making this recipe over the stove in a big pot for a warm drink everyone can sip on. Hold the cinnamon sticks, and add them in as you serve as a little garnish.

Apple and orange slices for spiked cider in punch bowl (batch cocktails for the holidays)

Easy spiked cider recipe in a punch bowl with sliced oranges and apples

(Easy) Spiked Cider Holiday Punch Recipe

Make this easy spiked cider whiskey punch in batches to save time and allow guests to serve themselves. It's the perfect holiday cocktail for parties and can be served hot or cold.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Keyword: apple cider recipe, christmas cocktail, holiday cocktail, holiday punch, spiked cider
Servings: 12 cocktails
Calories: 253kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of whiskey depending on how strong you like your drinks
  • 6 cups of cider steer clear of any apple juice from concentrate
  • .5 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • .5 cup of water if you skip on using ice, double this amount
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp nutmeg
  • cinnamon sticks, apple slices, and orange rounds (optional to float on top)

Instructions

  • Combine whiskey, cider, lemon juice, and water.
  • Sprinkle in cinnamon and nutmeg. Then stir.
  • Pour over ice and add cinnamon sticks, apple slices, and orange rounds for top floaters.

Notes

TIP: If it's an especially blistering winter evening, try making this recipe over the stove in a big pot for a warm drink everyone can sip on.
Hold the cinnamon sticks, and add them in as you serve as a little garnish.

Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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I hope this holiday punch makes your fall or winter a little brighter. Now I want to hear from you.

P.S. Here’s the link to my punch bowl and my coupe glasses.

Have you done a spiked cider or any kind of batch cocktail for holiday parties in the past? What did you make? I’m curious to hear what you’re making this holiday season.

3 comments | Click here to reply

This cider looks amazing! It’s one of my favorite holiday drinks!

Paige
http://thehappyflammily.com

Paige Cassandra Flamm

Thanks Paige. Yay! We share a favorite holiday drink!

Brittni

Great Post!! Absolutely amazing.

Nippon
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