Apple Spice Cocktails

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or my personal favorite holiday, Random Sunday, here's your autumn party cocktail.   

It will make you look like a well-prepared host because you will have it ready when your guests walk through the door. Nobody needs to know that you made (most of) it the day before.   

This is bursting with warm fall spices, but it's actually quite light and fresh. Crisp vodka is combined with sweet spiced apple juice.    

And a squeeze of lemon brings it all together (as it always does). Serve with apple slices, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Aren't those little stars gorgeous?   

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– 18 ounces apple juice – 6 cinnamon stick – 6 star anise pod – 18 ounces Stoli Premium Vodka – 6 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon – ice – 12 oz. bottle of sparking water (optional) – apple slices, for garnish

In a small saucepan simmer the apple juice with the cinnamon sticks and star anise. When it barely comes to a boil, remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes, then chill for a couple of hours (or overnight). 

When your'e ready to start making cocktails, remove the cinnamon sticks and star anise and set aside for garnish. 

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