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HOLIDAY BUZZ: How To Make Grown Up Apple Cider

Apple cider is the ultimate grade school bro’s drink of choice. Come December, they’re swigging mini Martinelli’s near the swing set, or while wreaking NYE havoc with the squad. It’s like clockwork.

There’s no questioning that chugging this liquid gold as kid was bomb, but how about as an adult? Don’t we deserve a cider that gives that warm buzz of the holidays too?

The answer is yes. We accept the drinks we think we deserve, and we definitely deserve this original Apple-Spiced Stoli Mule. It’s got good ol’ apple cider to feed the inner child, and Stoli so that we can drink. Check out the instructions below to make one of your own:

Photo by Marc Kharrat

Apple-Spiced Stoli Mule
2.0 parts Stoli Vanil
2.0 parts Apple Cider
2.0 parts Stoli Ginger Beer
Apple slice, for garnish
Cinnamon sticks

Build over ice in a mule mug and garnish with an apple slice, grated fresh cinnamon, and a cinnamon stick.

Created in partnership with Stoli Premium Vodka


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Spiked Apple Cider in Apple Cups

Aren’t these cups the neatest things ever? I love them! I wish I was the genius creator, but I’m not. I’m not that crafty. Wish I was.

You know the person that lets all the cars cut-in right in front of them? And the person that allows everyone to cut-in even at the grocery store? That’s me. I’m that person!

To pay for my groceries I end up waiting in-line for over 15 minutes because if I see someone with less items, I let them go ahead of me. During that wait I end up adding to my bill because I can’t stop grabbing magazines, mini-sized flashlights, and all other useless, or useful, items that they have near the cash register.

But sometimes those items can result in something interesting, or delicious… That’s the story with these apples.

As I was going through the magazine rack, I picked up one with a title, “Halloween Food, Fun, & Crafts”. Can’t go wrong with a title like that. As soon as I got to page 8, I was in the kitchen cutting up apple tops and pouring shots of rum.

If you have a chance to make these, and I really think you should because they are totally fun, you can leave out the rum for those underagers. :)



Spiked Apple Cider in Apple Cups

You will need:

  • 6 apples for the apple cups
  • 3 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • cinnamon sticks


  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Cut off the tops of the apples and scoop out the inside, half-way, with an ice cream scooper. Keep the apple scraps for muffins.
  • Place the apples on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely.
  • While the apples are cooling, make the cider by combining the apple juice, orange juice, caramel topping, cinnamon, and allspice in a large saucepan.
  • Put the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the rum, and pour into the apple cups.
  • Garnish with cinnamon sticks.
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Spiced Apple Cocktail

Celebrate 2011 responsibly with a Spiced Apple Cocktail. To make this holiday influenced cocktail you only need three basic ingredients. The first is a good amount of Apple Cider or some Apple Juice you have laying around in your fridge. Next is your apple flavored liquor in Dekuypers Washington Apple Burst, and last but not least is your Cinnamon Schnapps! This drink sounds amazing with some ice, I think it could be even better warm though? Ether way, Happy New Year Foodbeasts! (Thx BudgetBytes)