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A single Poisoned Orchard Cocktail with steam coming toward you with lights in the background.

Poisoned Orchard Cocktail

  • Author: Amanda McGrory-Dixon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink


We're getting spooky around here with this Poisoned Orchard Cocktail. Bursting with apple flavor, this signature Halloween cocktail is perfect for your upcoming costume party or a night curled up on the couch watching scary movies with a few friends.


For Apple Spice Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 honeycrisp apples, sliced with peel
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tablespoon whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

For Poisoned Orchard Cocktail
4 ounces cran-apple juice
2 ounces dark rum
1 ounce apple brandy
1 ounce apple spice simple syrup
Regular ice
Splash of ginger beer
Cinnamon, for garnish, optional
Sugar, for garnish, optional
Dry ice, optional


  1. For the apple spice simple syrup, add the sugar, water, apple slices and spices to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a low boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. When the sugar dissolves, let the simple syrup steep. At least 10 minutes is good, but it's even better if you can give it 30 minutes to an hour. Strain and chill. If you'd like a rimmed glass for serving, reserve an apple slice or two. You can take care of this step ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a couple weeks.
  2. Add cran-apple juice, dark rum, apple brandy, apple spice simple syrup and regular ice to a cocktail shaker. Pop on the top and shake vigorously for about 15-30 seconds.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on a small plate and stir to combine. Take one of the reserved apple slices, cut it in the middle and run it along the rim of your glass. Dip the glass in the cinnamon and sugar. This step is optional.
  4. Add regular ice to your glass. Strain in the drink from the cocktail shaker. Top with ginger beer and gently stir. If using dry ice, add a small piece to the bottom of your glass using tongs and not your bare hands. To serve a crowd, see the proportions below. Enjoy!


  • To make 16 servings, double the apple spice simple syrup recipe and combine the entire double batch with 8 cups cran-apple juice, 4 cups dark rum and 2 cups apple brandy in a punch bowl and chill. When ready to serve, add 2 cups ginger beer and gently stir. Add a chunk of dry ice using tongs to the bottom of the punch bowl. Add more dry ice as necessary to keep up the effect.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 drink
  • Calories: 371
  • Sugar: 40
  • Sodium: 8
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 40
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 0
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: poisoned orchard cocktail, apple cocktail, fall cocktail, Halloween cocktail