1.5 oz Caramel infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka (see recipe)
.25 oz real maple syrup (don’t use the fake pancake stuff please)
.5 oz cranberry juice cocktail
.75 oz spiced or mulled apple cider (we recommend mulling your own cider, but if you are short on time, grab a jar or jug of premade spiced cider)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker glass, fill with ice, shake, and serve in a rocks glass with the bruised ice. Garnish with a dried apple wheel (see recipe), or a fresh apple wheel if you don’t want to spend time dehydrating apples.
For a punch bowl, add the vodka and maple syrup first, stir to dissolve the maple syrup, then add the other ingredients. Add ice last.
Caramel-infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka recipe:
750ml bottle of Tito’s Handmade Vodka
10 small caramel squares (the individually wrapped, chewy ones)
In a non-reactive vessel (glass, ceramic, or hard plastic), combine the caramels with the bottle of Tito’s. Cover, and let infuse at room temperature overnight, stirring or shaking periodically. The caramels will dissolve in the vodka within 24hrs or so. The result is a slightly creamy vodka that tastes like…you guessed it…caramel.
This can be batched for a Halloween party and is fun to make. For a punch bowl, simply multiply the ingredients by how many cocktails you plan on serving.
Garnish: Dried apple wheels: Preheat your oven to the lowest possible setting (175 or lower is best). Cut a small apple as thin as you can into horizontal slices. Put the slices into a water bath containing 6 cups water and .5 cups lemon juice (to prevent browning) for 30 min. Pat dry and place on a piece of parchment paper in your oven. Bake (dry) the apple slices for 2 hours on one side, then 2 hours on the other side, or until they’re completely dry and crisp, not soft.
Glass: rocks glass or punch bowl
Mixologist: Max Hinojosa from Austin, Texas