Poison Apple Punch

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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4 thick slices peeled fresh ginger

6 cups apple cider

Zest of 1 orange, removed with a vegetable peeler

Zest of 1 lemon, removed with a vegetable peeler

1 to 2 cinnamon sticks

3 whole cloves

1 red apple, sliced into 8 wedges, for garnish

Gummy worms, for garnish

1 750-ml bottle sparkling cranberry-apple juice

1 cup cinnamon whiskey (optional)


  1. Smash the ginger slices with the flat side of a chef's knife and transfer to a medium saucepan. Add the apple cider, orange zest, lemon zest, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer 10 minutes, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  2. Poke holes in the apple wedges with a chopstick or skewer and insert a gummy worm into each. Add the cranberry-apple juice and whiskey, if using, to the punch. Serve over ice. Garnish with the apples.