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Spiced Apple Cider Bourbon Punch

A healthy, very 'fall-inspired' punch perfect for a party or dinner this season
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Course: Beverage, cocktail
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: cocktail, holiday punch
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 14 cups
Author: Ginger Hultin


  • 3 cups hot water
  • 2 honey-crisp or gala apples (divided: one cut into thin wedges, one cut into thin rounds)
  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 25 ounces bourbon
  • 6 fresh lemons (juiced with seeds removed)
  • 4 cups soda water


  • Pour hot water into a bundt pan and add apple rings (cut in half if needed to make them fit). Place in the freezer for 3-5 hours until completely frozen. If you don't use the entire apple, save some of the rings.
  • Place apple wedges, cider, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg in a saucepan and bring to a boil, uncovered, over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and let stand for 20 minutes. Pour mixture into a large bowl and stir in honey until dissolved. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Overnight is fine, too.
  • Strain cider into a punch-bowl. Save cinnamon sticks for garnish. Add bourbon and lemon juice and stir to combine. Pour in soda water then place ice ring in bowl and garnish with additional apple rings and left over cinnamon sticks.


Feel free to put cranberries into the frozen ring as well. I also added my leftover cinnamon sticks.