Spirit Saturday: Apple Cider and Cranberry Punch


I love Fall and Winter cocktails. Whether hot or not they have this really warming and comforting feeling. While at the grocery store this week I was inspired by the fresh cranberries to make a cocktail for Spirit Saturday this week. And what I found married all of my favorite Fall libations: apple cider, ginger beer and gin. You could easily swap bourbon and would be just as lovely. This is a great cocktail to make as a punch for a crowd and would be a nice start to Thanksgiving dinner.

Apple Cider and Cranberry Punch serves 8
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living

2/3 cup fresh cranberries
4 tablespoons sugar
4 cups apple cider
1 1/3 cup ginger beer
1 lemon, juiced
1 cup gin (or bourbon)

Muddle cranberries with sugar in a pitcher or punch bowl until cranberries have just begin to burst. Add apple cider, ginger beer, lemon juice and gin. Chill for an hour and ladle into glasses, using cranberries as garnish.


  1. Hi Kate. Lovely to meet you yesterday evening at Andina. What a fabulous meal we had!

    Great to see your blog. I love the idea of this cocktail and might give it a try out for a little neighborhood drinks party we are hosting in a few weeks.

    My blog is hibiscusbloem.blogspot.com

    (Hibiscus as it is one of my favorite flowers and bloem (meaning flower in Dutch) as we lived in the Netherlands for 9 years).

    I'd love to come to one of the blogger events, so please let me know when something comes up and I'll try to get there.

    Wishing you all a lovely thanksgiving - and lots of fun with 'the band'!

    Now I'm off to browse some more on your blog.


  2. Hey Kate!!! I've been following you for a while and have a question. I'm from Portland and am coming back for the holidays. I want to get my parents a gift certificate to a cool resto in PDX (they don't get out much but to finances and I thought it'd be nice for them). And I want to pick your brain for an idea.

    I was looking for your email but couldn't find it.

  3. Hi. I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for following my blog, but I am now going to delete in over the next could of months as I am blogging over at a new URL. Please feel free to stop by at THE ANCHORED IVY.

    Thanks, and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  4. Hi Kate!

    I just started following your blog. It's is adorable and very Portland. Love it!

    Since you are the cocktail queen I thought you might want to give Portland's official cocktail a try: http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/5-new-cocktail/

    Let me know what you think!

    I can't wait to see more of your posts. :)


  5. Just found your blog on pdxbloggers! love love love. Just grabbed a button. Keep the posts coming.

    Love, Rachel


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