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This week has been fraught with a total absence of cooking. (what? fraught with an absence?) Since I am running solo this week, I have not been inspired to cook for a party of one. In fact, I have found that if given to my own devices, I would probably live on prepackaged salads and quesadillas alone with a side of guilt for using all that petrol for the packaging. Also, solo is not entirely accurate because I have been wrangling the Three Dog Night Circus, two dogs new to the house and one new to the world. It’s pretty time consuming, so I thought I would post about the cocktail I served at Chicas Gone Bonitas: Apple Pie Punch! I wanted something cold and refreshing (this is Texas after all and even in October things can still be pretty heated) but embody fall. I think this little ditty accomplishes both and as a bonus it can be served hot on those chilly days.

But first, The Dames:

Meet Tahlullah and GG (short for Galactic Girl cause she's got eyes swirling with galaxies.

Meet Tahlullah (the brindle pup) and GG (short for Galactic Girl cause she’s got eyes swirling with galaxies)

Then the Drink:

Apple Pie Punch

For the Apple Pie Simple Syrup:

1/2 c maple syrup

1/2 c water

1 4 inch cinnamon stick, broken in half

2 whole cloves

small piece of nutmeg (like 1/8 inch) or a few shavings

For the Punch:

1/4 c Apple Pie Simple Syrup

3 c Applejack

3 c apple cider

3 bottles hard apple cider

1 orange, thinly sliced

1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced

1) To make the syrup, place all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes. Let cool and infuse for at least 30 minutes. Then strain out the chunky bits.

2) Punch assembly: Pour all the ingredients into a punch bowl (or a drink dome like I did) and top with the fruit. Serve over ice and top with a piece of fruit OR eat all the fruit after the guests have left and get REAL festive. (festive meaning drunk, of course)

CHEERS!

Behold; THE DRINK DOME (not really at all like the Thunderdome)

Behold: THE DRINK DOME (not really at all like the Thunderdome although only one may be left standing)

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