Monday, October 3, 2011

31 Days of Autumn Inspiration: Autumn Inspired Drink Recipes

We always feel a bit more inspired after a drink, don't you? Check out these Autumn Inspired drink recipes and let us know what you think.

Autumn Punch


2 teaspoons whole cloves
1/2 of a vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 64-ounce bottle apple-cranberry juice
4 medium purple and/or green plums, pitted and sliced
1 750-ml bottle Gewurztraminer, or other fruity white wine*
1. Place cloves and vanilla bean in center of a double-thick 6-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners of cloth together; tie closed with clean string. Pour apple-cranberry juice into a large container or pitcher. Add plums and spice bag. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.

2. Remove and discard cheesecloth bag. Stir in Gewurztraminer. Serve beverage and plum slices over ice. (Or omit the ice and heat the juice mixture and wine in a 4-quart Dutch oven until hot. Serve in heatproof mugs.) Makes 10 to 12 servings.

*Nonalcoholic Option: Substitute two 12-ounce cans chilled ginger ale for the Gewurztraminer, and serve over ice.

Cranberry Apple Crush


5 cups apple cider or apple juice
5 cups cranberry juice
1-1/2 cups guava juice or mango nectar
1/4 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
Honey (optional)
Kumquats (optional)
Lime slices (optional)


1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven combine apple cider, cranberry juice, guava juice, lime juice, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. If desired, sweeten to taste with honey.

2. To serve, pour into mugs. If desired, garnish with lime slices and kumquats. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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  1. How fun! I wrote a post about possibly having an Autumn dinner party and then wham! as I was browsing you have given me some libation inspiration. To bad I can only serve the alcoholic versions to my guests until I have my second baby in the spring.

    I may also have to steal the wine cork lighting for my decorations. Looking forward to the rest of the series.