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by Caitlin Saniga

Cranberry-apple sparkler with dark rum

For a switch from the pear garnish, drop a few frozen green grapes in the glass instead.

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by Caitlin Saniga

If you're going to skimp on anything in this recipe, don't let it be the cinnamon stick. It adds a burst of flavor.

If you skimp on anything in this recipe, don’t let it be the cinnamon stick. It adds a burst of flavor. Served cold or at room temperature, this drink also makes a great shot.

Correction (Jan. 28,2013): In the original version of this recipe, the wrong type of alcohol was called for. The recipe has been updated to include the correct type of alcohol.

  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup high-proof alcohol, such as Everclear or grain alcohol*
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

I found out about this drink because my mom’s *book club* served it at one of their get-togethers. I’m sure they had very interesting discussions that day.

In a large pot, combine the apple juice, cider and sugar. Bring to a boil and stir, cooking until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add the alcohol. Divide the drink between 4 mason jars or large mugs. Add a cinnamon stick to each glass. Serve warm.

Makes 4 servings.

* Be careful! This drink is so smooth that the high-proof alcohol can sneak up on you. If you want to play it safe, add only 3/4 cup alcohol. In fact, there are two versions of Everclear — a 151 proof and a 190 proof. If you use the 190-proof version, I advise you to use only 1/2 cup-3/4 cup. And if you live in one of the states where it is illegal to sell Everclear, use a high-proof rum instead.

**For the month of January, we’re offering a few recipes for warm alcoholic drinks to take into cold winter nights. All “Warm and Buzzy” recipes can be found here.

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