Tuesday, October 27, 2020

How to Make a Virgin Candy Appletini for #Halloween (Spirits optional!) by Cleo Coyle


From Cleo Coyle: Marc and I are celebrating Halloween Week here at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen with a fun little cocktail that may not be scary, but it is wicked good. This Virgin Candy Appletini has all the flavor and color of a good old candy apple. You can make it with or without SPIRITS 👻👻—an apt notion for All Hallows' Eve (bwa-ha-ha)! 

~ Cleo 

🎃 P.S. In case you missed my 2 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Halloween Cookies post, earlier this month, you are welcome to the recipe by clicking here or on the photo below. 

CLICK HERE for Cleo's 
Halloween Cookie Recipe

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Cleo's Virgin Candy Appletini 

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Our Candy Apple drink recipe gives you great versatility. You choose your favorite ingredients and method of preparation:

* Make it a virgin drink (without alcohol) or spike it as much or as little as you like. 

* Mi
x it by the glass, the pitcher, or even in a punch bowl. 

The pomegranate juice, added to the natural apple juice, provides good-for-you antioxidants--and a bloody good color for Halloween. Finally, have fun with the garnishes. For instance...

🍸 We like to crust the rim of each glass with cinnamon-sugar, which lends delicious flavor to each drink and style to the service. 

🍏 You can slice an apple (through its equator) and slip the slice onto to the glass rim, as you would a lemon or lime slice. Or...

🍎 Try our idea of decorating the serving table using maraschino cherries on long skewers to mimic the look of candy apples. 

However you make and serve it, we hope you'll drink 
with scary good joy this Halloween. ~ Cleo

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🍎 Cleo Coyle's 
Virgin Candy Appletini


2 parts apple juice (no sugar added) or chilled sparkling cider

1 part pomegranate juice 

(optional) vodka or gin or white rum, to taste

(optional) cinnamon schnapps (such as Goldschlager), to taste

Maraschino cherries

Cinnamon sugar (*see method below)

Ice cubes 

*How to Make Cinnamon Sugar: Mix 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon. This is a basic ratio, but you can vary it, adding more or less cinnamon to your own taste.


For a Virgin Candy Appletini: Spread a generous amount of your cinnamon sugar onto a flat plate. Moisten the rim of your martini glass and place it rim-side down into the plate of cinnamon sugar. Gently turn the glass until the rim is coated with the mixture.

Fill about half the glass with the chilled sparkling apple cider. Add the chilled pomegranate juice. Stir gently to mix the liquids. Garnish with an apple slice or maraschino cherry on a wooden skewer and enjoy!

For a Spiked Cocktail: Prepare any glass as described above by crusting the rim with cinnamon sugar. Into a cocktail shaker, Mason jar, or pitcher, pour the apple juice, pomegranate juice, and the optional alcohol. Add ice cubes, stir well, and pour into your glass (or glasses), straining back the ice.  

Making punch for a party: Follow the ingredient ratios above and spike it as much or as little as you like. Do not add ice to the punch bowl or pitcher, which will only water down the flavor of the drink. Instead, fill ice trays with the 2:1 ratio mix of apple juice and pomegranate juice and add those frozen apple-pom cubes to your punch bowl or pitcher to keep the drink tasting great for a longer period of time.

Happy Halloween, Everyone!

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🎃 P.S. In case you missed my 2 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Halloween Cookies post, earlier this month, you are welcome to the recipe by clicking here or on the photo below. 

CLICK HERE for Cleo's 
Halloween Cookie Recipe

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  1. Good lookin recipes 😋

  2. Beautiful cocktail! I imagine they serve these at some fine restaurant in my favorite city. Kuddos from New Jersey tp Mew York, Cleo!

  3. I love your books and Jack Shepard can haunt me anytime. I'm going to try this punch for Halloween, but it (sadly) will not be spiked as children will be present. Thanks, Cleo

  4. What fun! The color is perfect. And the ingredients are good for you!

  5. Thanks to everyone for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Marc and I appreciate it, and we wish you all a deliciously Happy Halloween!

    ~ Cleo
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