Apple Rye Punch

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Author Notes: My roommate and I made this punch for a recent housewarming party. The temperature had just dropped outside, and apple cider was abundant all over New England. Wanting an easy party drink that tasted just like fall, we immediately grabbed rye whiskey as our base spirit. A one-two punch of fresh pressed apple cider and the hard stuff (for bubbles). We found some great maple flavored bitters at a cocktail shop in Somerville, MA, but any bitters you like should work fine. We used Old Overholt Rye; no need to grab super fancy stuff for this drink.kate

Food52 Review: This is fall in a tumbler. Rye gets your blood running hot, two kinds of cider sweeten and spice it up, and a few dashes of bitters give it depth. All it takes is four ingredients and a quick stir -- naturally, it will be our new any night cocktail. - A&MThe Editors

Serves 10-20, depending on your tolerance!

  • 6 cups Apple Cider
  • 750 milliliters Rye (we love Rye, but any whiskey will do)
  • 20-30 dashes Maple Bitters, or other bitters like Angostura
  • 12-24 ounces Hard Cider
  • Ice
  1. Mix together apple cider, whiskey, and bitters in large punch bowl. This mixture can be held for up to a day or two before serving.
  2. Right before serving, stir in hard cider to taste and add ice mold, if using. Season punch to taste with extra bitters. Serve punch with additional ice.

More Great Recipes: Fruit|Boozy Drinks

Topics: Holiday Entertaining

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10 months ago Jesse Mojica

This was so tasty, and easy to half for a smaller gathering. You're right - we will be making this again... and again.. and again. Thank you!


11 months ago Cialina N

I just made individual cocktails of this to "test" it out before my party. I used 1 oz rye with 2-3 oz of apple cider, 2 dashes of bitters, and topped it off with just a little bit of hard cider.

It's super tasty, but also super potent - the rye I got was 100 proof.

Needless to say, I will be making the full batch for my party. Now, I'm thinking about doubling the recipe because it is THAT GOOD.


almost 2 years ago t3ch

Anyone try this hot?


almost 2 years ago juleeclip

Made this for a birthday party, threw in two bottles of ginger beer I had in the fridge. Was a huge hit... lo and behold, we never did make it to our tavern destination later that evening.


almost 2 years ago nunyer

This and a squirt of lemon juice helped cure my grandma's herpes. Meemaw is now almost disease free!


over 2 years ago Womenfest

Served this at my New Year's Eve party. Loved it and so did my guests!


over 2 years ago Michael Hoffman

Product Manager at Food52

Just made this for the Food52 holiday party. It's a hit!


almost 3 years ago Midge

I brought this to a baby shower today and wow was it ever a hit. It does pack a punch.


almost 3 years ago Madame Sel

I would like to test this out as a single serving before hand...any thoughts on how to adjust to make a single cocktail?


over 2 years ago francielynn

take each amount and divide by 10 or so and you will have your amount for each one


over 3 years ago gingerroot

Made this last night for a holiday party and everyone loved it!! So easy, delicious, and packs a sneaky kick. A good friend sent me some Allspice, Ginger and Black Pepper bitters for Christmas, so I used those with great results. Thanks for a fabulous recipe!


almost 4 years ago Waverly

Well done, Kate!! Congratulations!


almost 4 years ago lorigoldsby

Congrats Kate! Love the double ciders!


almost 4 years ago Midge

Congrats Kate!


almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yippee! Congrats Kate! Such a well deserved win. Yum.


almost 4 years ago sally1121



almost 4 years ago Panfusine

Congratulations on the win Kate!


almost 4 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Congrats on the win Kate!!


almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Congratulations Kate! Such a well deserved win!


almost 4 years ago jonahgail

I served this last night with my Thanksgiving appetizers -- it was a huge hit ! I added a splash of seltzer to each glass to brighten yummy !


almost 4 years ago CarolinaEpicurean

I've got 25 people (and counting) in the house on Thursday! This will be perfect for starters! Congrats!


almost 4 years ago kate

Sounds like fun! Hope you all enjoy it!