Drink of the Week: Pumpkin Pie Punch
Makes 1 1/2 gallons (about 24 cups)
15-ounce can pumpkin puree
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 gallon apple cider
2 liters ginger ale, cold
Vodka or rum, to taste (optional)
Instructions: In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Add the apple cider and whisk until smooth and the sugar is dissolved. Chill.
In a large punch bowl, gently stir together the cider-pumpkin mixture and the ginger ale. Serve with ice.
Recipe courtesy of The Associated Press
While you're armed with pumpkin pie essentials, try this transformation of the dessert into a cool, refreshing party punch.
The spices and pumpkin puree blend with apple cider and ginger ale into a rich soda, delicious with or without the alcohol. Serve it to the kids then feel free to spike your own with vodka or rum.
And since it is a holiday: tap into happy milk-and-cookie memories by dunking gingerbread cookies into the drink. Pumpkin pie needs crust, after all.
Your punch bowl never had it so good.