We simply love to get our pumpkin and spice groove on in the cool autumn months. The house is redolent with all things cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and pumpkin. Here is a a punch recipe that holds up well through October and November. It can be served in a pumpkin Jack O Lantern or a variety of big and small gourds and squashes. And it tastes as good as it looks!
Pumpkin Spice Punch
2 honey crisp apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup bourbon
3 cups apple cider
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 bottles pinot grigio, chilled
1 pumpkin, for serving (optional)
Thinly slice apples, pears and oranges lengthwise, then place in a large bowl. Coat with lemon juice to prevent browning. Add honey, brown sugar, bourbon, apple cider and pumpkin pie spice, stirring gently to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours, or overnight. Top with chilled pinot grigio and serve in a punch bowl or hallowed out squash, or for a Halloween gala, serve inside a carved out pumpkin with a painted Jack O Lantern face.