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HARVEST MOON PUNCH
Original recipe by Dale DeGroff

Serves 15 - 20:

Ingredients:
1 gal. Apple Cider
32 oz. Bourbon / Rye (Optional)
8 Cinnamon sticks
10 whole cloves
Peels from 2 naval oranges ( zest only, very little pith)
2.75 oz Dale DeGroff Aromatic Bitters*

Combine apple juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and an orange peel in a stainless steel pot and let simmer for one hour. Do not boil. Strain and chill in the fridge; when cold serve Note: Add bourbon for an alcoholic version of the punch. For a party, you can serve the punch in a hollowed out pumpkin:

Prepare pumpkin as you would a Jack O' Lantern.
Cut away strands and seeds from lid. Clean inside of pumpkin with spoon, careful not to puncture the
skin or bottom. Rinse and check for leaks.
Fill with hot punch and replace the lid.
To serve: ladle into mugs and garnish
with a cinnamon stick.

 

Photo: Scott Myers
HARVEST MOON COCKTAIL
Original recipe by Dale DeGroff

Single serving:

Ingredients:
 4.5 oz Apple Cider
1.5 oz Bourbon / Rye
0.25 oz house made cinnamon syrup
2 dashes Dale DeGroff's Aromatic Bitters*
Preparation: shake the ingredients well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
 
Cinnamon Syrup:
4 cups demerara sugar
4 cups spring water
6 cinnamon sticks broken
Place on medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Cover and lower to a simmer for one hour.
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