Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween Hop! Cool Authors, Fab Prizes, Tricks and Treats!


Halloween-time is here!  
Time for costumes and pumpkin carving and way-too-much-candy-to eat-all-in-one-sitting feasts! My favorite part of Halloween? Costume parties! The adult version of trick-or-treat, with alcoholic libations as my treat!

For years, I hosted an annual Halloween bash featuring a deadly-but-delicious punch we concocted in college called "Apple Death." Think of Long Island Ice Tea mixed with a Scorpion Bowl, flavored with apple cinnamon-y goodness...
Apple Death is a "delicate" blend of vodka, light rum, Captain Morgan's spiced rum, Apple Jack whiskey, Seagrams 7, Hot Damn cinnamon schnapps, apple cider and cinnamon sticks... light on the cider... mixed "to taste" with early arrivals helping with the tasting... stirred with a long-handled wooden spoon in a giant metal vat and served cold, (although some repeat party guests decided they liked it better warmed up in the microwave, especially on cold Halloween nights!)

I think the original Apple Death was created by some older Colgate friends of ours, class of 1985 (yes, I'm thinking of you, Mike Brown!), who used grain alcohol as the base of the mixture. As we were unable to obtain any grain after they graduated, my roommates and I revised the recipe somewhat for our senior year Halloween party in 1986... and every October after that... right up until I moved to Cape Cod, into a house too small to think about hosting parties of any size in the colder months!
Twenty years of great parties and fun (intoxicated and incriminating) party photos (most of which are thankfully not digital.) But great memories to have... 

Apple Death Punch
1 gallon apple cider
2 cups vodka (or grain alcohol, if you're young and crazy)
2 cups Captain Morgan (or similar spiced rum)
1 cup Seagrams 7 (or similar whiskey)
1 cup Apple Jack Whiskey
1 cup Hot Damn Cinnamon Schnapps
Mix in large pot (we use a lobster pot.)
Designate a taste-tester (or two) to tweak ingredients, 
adding more apple jack and schnapps until achieve balance.

What's your favorite Halloween treat? 
Leave a comment below to be entered to win a one of my new CAPE COD BEACH SAND CHARM NECKLACES, pictured here - one lucky winner to be chosen on November 1st! I figured since I write Cape Cod romance, why not offer up a little piece of Cape Cod as my treat... Tell me your favorite Halloween treat (candy, goodie, libation, whatever!) for a chance to win your own bit of the Cape.
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...and visit the other blogs along this hop for more chances to win great prizes and Halloween treats! Happy Halloween!

13 comments:

  1. I would've died off that in college. That sounds powerful good.

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    1. Never any fatalities with this punch, despite the name. Although, I have to admit I prefer wine these days. Happy Halloween, Libby!

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  2. I love your recipe and necklaces. Great post and great fun, Katie O :-)

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    1. Thanks, Casi! It's all about the bling ;-)

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  3. I'm making that Apple death punch this year - for sure!

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    1. Good luck - I mean, enjoy! Happy Halloween!

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  4. Sounds like they were interesting parties.Yep, on the wine. Love the bling. Happy Halloween! Did you include Apple Death Punch in TWRP recipes this year?

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    1. Mmm, not quite. We use a much tamer version for Christmas that I did include in the Holiday Recipe book coming out from The Wild Rose Press. Christmas is all about warm and cozy, not wild and crazy :-)

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  5. It was at Breakers at Pismo Beach that I was first introduced to...the Pumpkin Margarita.

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    2. Yummmm, need to try my hand at concocting one of those. Stay tuned...

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  6. My favorite part of Halloween is carving pumpkins!
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    1. Me too! Getting ready to do that tonight with the kids!
      Happy Halloween!

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