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Time for Sipping! Drink Recipes for the Fall!

Autumn is the time to enjoy warm spiced cider, pumpkin lattes, and other seasonal treats. Try our ideas or treat your friends to your own creations! A few of the varieties here serve several, so plan a party this fall! You can find these and more delicious beverages at

Hot Spiced Cider

Serves 16

  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ tsp whole allspice
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 large orange, quartered with peel 
  • 2 quarts local Vermont apple cider

Place all ingredients in a slow cooker or a saucepan over medium heat on the stovetop. When thoroughly, grab your mugs and enjoy.

Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider

Serves 25

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 6 cups cranberry juice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 ½ tsp whole cloves
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

In a large pot, combine apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and lemon slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove cinnamon, cloves, and lemon slices. Serve hot.

Apple Cider Mimosa

Serves 4

  1. 1 cup chilled apple cider
  2. 1 (750 milliliter) bottle chilled Champagne
  3. 4 cinnamon stick
  4. 4 dried apples

1. Fill champagne flutes 1/4 full with chilled apple cider and top off with Champagne.

2. Garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick and dried apple slice.


Apple Cinnamon Brandy Cider

Serves 10

  • ½ gallon fresh apple cider
  • 1 cup apple brandy (optional)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 10 thin strips orange zest 
  • 10 small cinnamon sticks

1. Combine apple cider, apple brandy (if using), 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, pepper, and salt in a pot over medium-high heat. Simmer until flavors combine, about 10 minutes.

2. Pour apple cider mixture into heat-proof mugs. Twist orange zest strips between your fingers to release the essential oils; drop 1 into each mug. Add a cinnamon stick to each mug.


Caffeine-free Pumpkin Latte

Serves 4

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 quart milk
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract 

Combine pumpkin, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in a large saucepan over medium heat. Use a whisk to blend well. Heat to a simmer; do not boil. Serve in festive mugs.

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