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Spiced Cider Brew Cocktail

Spiced Cider Brew Cocktail

By Jeffrey Morgenthaler

Grilled lemon juice, smoked simple syrup, and apple cider are spiced with whiskey and fernet then garnished with orange peel twists and cinnamon sticks. Serve this punch bowl style drink with dry ice for a dramatic finish.

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

20 Minutes




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Units of Measurement:
4 lemons, to yield 1 cup grilled lemon juice
1 (750ml) bottle rye whiskey
1 Quart fresh apple cider
1 Cup smoked simple syrup (homemade or store-bought)
3 Ounce Fernet-Branca
1 Teaspoon Angostura bitters
As Needed cinnamon sticks
orange peel twist, for garnish
dry ice (optional)


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 500℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    500 ˚F / 260 ˚C

  • 2

    For the grilled lemon juice: Slice the lemons in half and place cut side down directly on the grill grate. Cook until they have grill marks and have started to caramelize, about 20 minutes. Juice, strain, and cool.

    500 ˚F / 260 ˚C

    • 4  lemons, to yield 1 cup grilled lemon juice

  • 3

    In a punch bowl or large container, combine all ingredients except the orange peel twists and dry ice. Chill for 1 to 4 hours, covered, in the refrigerator.

    • 1  (750ml) bottle rye whiskey

    • 1 Quart fresh apple cider

    • 1 Cup smoked simple syrup (homemade or store-bought)

    • 3 Ounce Fernet-Branca

    • 1 Teaspoon Angostura bitters

    • As Needed cinnamon sticks

  • 4

    Serve with blocks of dry ice and garnish with orange peel twist. Enjoy!

    •  orange peel twist, for garnish

    •  dry ice (optional)

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