Serve your Halloween guests a hair-raising punch
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We asked Drinks Editor Jim Meehan to come up with something ghoulishly boozy for our Halloween cocktail spread. The punch he created is autumn in a glass, with notes of pumpkin and apple—and can serve a gaggle of ghouls.

For more Halloween cocktail party ideas, read "Wicked Good."


Recipe by Jim Meehan, Tasting Table Drinks Editor

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Total Time: 10 minutes


Two 12-ounce bottles of Captain Lawrence Pumpkin Ale

2¼ cups apple brandy (preferably Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy)

¾ cup dark rum (preferably Smith & Cross Rum)

¾ cup fresh lime juice, strained

¾ cup fresh orange juice, strained

¾ cup Grade B maple syrup

Cinnamon stick, for garnish

Ice block, for serving


Combine the beer, brandy, rum, lime juice, orange juice and maple syrup in a punch bowl and chill in the refrigerator. To serve, mix in the cinnamon and add the ice block to the bowl. Ladle from the punch bowl into cups filled with ice.

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