Sparkling Applejack Cocktails for a Crowd

Sparkling Applejack Cocktails for a Crowd

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Servings: 8 to 10

When you’re hosting a crowd for Thanksgiving dinner, the last thing you have time for is shaking up a cocktail for each guest as they walk through the door. This recipe offers a smart solution. Whip up a pitcher (or two) of our autumnal punch in advance and refrigerate, then let everyone pour their own drink, topping it off with a splash of sparkling wine, for a festive start to the meal.


  • 4 cups (32 fl. oz./1 l) apple cider
  • 1 1/4 cups (10 fl. oz./310 ml) applejack
  • 3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) artisanal grenadine
  • Ice cubes as needed
  • 1 1/4 cups (10 fl. oz./310 ml) sparkling wine, or as needed
  • Apple slices for garnish
  • Star anise for garnish


  • In a pitcher, combine the apple cider, applejack, lemon juice and grenadine and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours. Pour into ice-filled glasses and top each serving with about 1 fl. oz. (30 ml) sparkling wine. Garnish with apple slices and star anise and serve. Serves 8 to 10.
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