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Happy Saturday! Excited to be sharing this Haunted Orchard Cocktail with you guys today.

Haunted Orchard Cocktail | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Can you believe today is the last “spooky” cocktail Saturday of the year? I can’t believe Halloween is this Tuesday and October is almost gone. It’s so sad and yet so exciting. So much to look forward to in the coming months!

I’m hoping you guys all have some fun Halloween plans this weekend. If you happen to be hosting a Halloween party, be sure to check out my Bewitching Halloween Dinner that I put together with Crate and Barrel. I think this may be one of the most fun dinner shoots I’ve ever done. Ahh, I love Halloween!

Haunted Orchard Cocktail | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Haunted Orchard Cocktail | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Haunted Orchard Cocktail | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Anyway, this haunted orchard cocktail was inspired by the “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. You know that picture of the Headless Horseman riding through the night, surrounded by bare trees and a dark sky? Yeah well, that photo inspired this cocktail. It doesn’t really make a ton of sense, other than the fact that the bare trees make me think of some kind of haunted grave yard or orchard. Since both apple cider and hard cider are used in this drink, I decided to call it the Haunted Orchard.

Ok, mostly I just thought it was kind of a cute name, so I went with it.

This drink is a mix up of tequila, a splash of lemon, apple cider, a teensy bit of maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, and sparkling hard cider. It’s all things fall and incredibly delicious. Just a little sweet, with apple and cinnamon flavors throughout, and a good kick of sparkles from the hard cider. It’s warming and cozy and the perfect easy cocktail to make from today until Hallows Eve.

AND?

I made this as both a single cocktail…in case you’re in need of a quick, but different, drink to sit back and relax with tonight. And also as a punch style drink, in case you’re hosting a party and need a fun drink that serves a crowd. You see? I’ve always got your back!

And lastly? Even though these photos scream Halloween, you can totally continue making this drink through the holiday season. It’s just as perfect as a Thanksgiving Cocktail as it is a Halloween cocktail. Just sayin’.

Haunted Orchard Cocktail | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Haunted Orchard Cocktail | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Haunted Orchard Cocktail

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories Per Serving: 252 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Rim a cocktail glass with cinnamon sugar.
    2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, lemon juice, apple cider, maple syrup, ginger, and cinnamon, shake to combine. Strain into prepared glass. Top with hard cider. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slices. Enjoy!

Haunted Orchard Punch

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 197 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. In a large pitcher, combine the tequila, cider, lemon juice, maple syrup, ginger, and cinnamon. Chill until ready to serve.
    2. Top with hard cider just before serving. Stir in the cinnamon sticks and apple slices.

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Have a happy haunted Saturday!

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  1. Hi, I’m scrolling through all these super tasty sounding recipes, and just now started wondering if apple cider is basically apple juice? Where I live apple cider is a bubbly alcoholic beverage, but as there’s also hard cider on the ingredient list…. I‘m kinda wondering if I’ve been using the wrong thing all along?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi there! Apple cider is basically just bubbly/carbonated apple juice, hard cider is alcoholic cider, and apple juice is just regular apple juice! Hope this helps 🙂 xTieghan

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