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Fall-Themed Gameday Drinks For Halloweekend

If you’re looking to spice up your drinks for Penn State football’s Halloween showdown against Ohio State this weekend, you might just be in luck.

It’s time to get in the fall spirit and start assembling the ingredients you need to have a damn good time. We’ve gathered and taste-tested a few recipes that are perfect for a socially distanced watch party.

Pumpkin Spice Mules

If you aren’t yet on Trader Joes TikTok, I honestly don’t know what you’re waiting for. That’s where we gained inspiration for our first drink: pumpkin spice mules. Yes, I repeat: pumpkin spice mules.

The key ingredient here is Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spiced ginger brew, which goes along perfectly with some vodka or tequila (whichever you prefer). The recipe on the store’s website also suggests adding some pumpkin spice and ginger for garnish. Personally, I added some cinnamon and loved it.

As always, this drink wouldn’t taste nearly as good going down if you didn’t put it in a fancy mule cup. We drink with class, folks.

Whiskey Apple Jello-Shots

It’s apple season, baby. This take on the classic Jello shot is a little bit time-consuming, but trust me when I say it’s absolutely worth it.

Depending on the number of shots you want to make, cut some apples in half and core out their insides, leaving about a 1/4-inch border. Assemble the apples in a muffin tin and brush lemon juice on them to avoid browning.

Next, make the Jello and mix it with Sprite and whiskey (you can also do spiced rum if you’d like). The amount of whiskey you include is really up to you, but I’d do at least a cup, if not a little more.

Then, pour the mixture into the apples and refrigerate for about four or five hours. Some key advice: Make sure you don’t slam the fridge door shut or else some of the liquid will spill everywhere!

Once you take the apples out of the fridge, you can cut them into quarters and dig in.

Fall Sangria

This is a classic. Cut up some apples, pears, and oranges and put them in a large pitcher. Add some cinnamon sticks, cranberries, and most importantly, red wine. Let it sit for a few hours and you’ve got yourself some sangria.

Apple Cider & Fireball

Simply put, apple cider and Fireball is a match made in heaven. I suggest getting the cider from a local farm stand, like Wasson Farm Market or Harner Farms, and even heating it up if you plan on being outside this weekend. Who doesn’t love hot apple cider with a little alcohol? Oh, and don’t forget the cinnamon stick like I did!

Everything about this soothing, tasty drink screams “fall.”

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can substitute the Fireball for whiskey or champagne. Let’s face it, apple cider goes with absolutely everything.

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