6 Drinks for After Trick-or-Treating

Photo by: Sarah Shatz
Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider-
A more refined version of mulled cider, this punch also calls for an off-dry white wine and fresh cranberries. The cider is quickly steeped in ... more 
Photo by: Sarah Shatz
Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider-
A more refined version of mulled cider, this punch also calls for an off-dry white wine and fresh cranberries. The cider is quickly steeped in spices -- cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg -- before you add the wine and cranberries, which give the punch a light rosy hue. Cordelia's concoction goes down easy, so sip slowly if you can restrain yourself! - Amanda & Merrill

Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider by Cordelia

Serves 8 to 10

1/2 gallon apple cider
3/4 bottle gewurztraminer or other sweet white wine
4 to 5 sticks cinnamon
4 to 5 cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
3 to 4 tablespoons honey
1 cup or so fresh cranberries


1. Put the cider and all spices in a pot and bring to a boil.

2. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

3. When on low heat add the wine. Do not boil again so the alcohol won't evaporate too much, just let it warm.

4. Add the cranberries and simmer for a few more minutes until they color the liquid a bit.

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Wed, Nov 9, 2011 1:50 PM EST
The wigs are off, and so is the face paint. The costumes are put away. The "ding-dong" of the doorbell is waning. The candy is plentiful.



It's time for a drink.



Here are six drinks for post-trick-or-treat sipping: ones to soothe your stomach, ones to warm you up, even ones to pair with candy.



It's been a long night. You deserve it.