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.