DIY Apple Cider Station & Recipe
Halloween is one of my husband's favorite holidays, so every year I try to make our house special for him by adding a touch of spooky spirit. This year I unpacked some of our stored Halloween decorations to create an apple cider drink station in our kitchen bar area. I love a beautifully styled bar chart, but with a toddler it's not ideal or safe for us to keep a bar cart near little hands and fingers. I'm happy that our rental home came with this counter bar area to keep a styled drink station for me and hubby. We have been loving apple cider this fall season, so I wanted to share my tips for styling a Halloween apple cider station plus two apple cider recipes. A special cocktail for mommy and a warm apple cider for our little titan.
To create your apple cider station you will first want to decide on a tray to hold all of your decorations and bar cart accessories. I have this turquoise tray that I normally use for our drink station and each season I change out the theme. I have had this tray for a couple of years now, which I got from T.J. Maxx for a steal, but I linked a similar one on Amazon. I though about looking for a new tray that was more of a neutral color, but since I am trying to keep our belongings minimal I decided to make this turquoise one work. I was happy with the turn-out and am glad I didn't need to make room for a second tray.
Once you select your tray, you will want to decide on a couple containers to hold your apple cider garnish choices. Our garnish choices include cinnamon sticks, Kraft Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows, and red apples. I'm using a short glass container with a brass top like this one, to hold the cinnamon sticks , a tall glass jar from the dollar store to hold the pumpkin marshmallows, and a orange bowl to hold our apples. I prefer to use clear glass jars so you can see the color of the garnish on the inside.
After you fill your jars, then pick some true bar accessories such as a shaker or ice bucket. I picked up my stainless steel shaker from Spec's and my white thermos, which I love, was passed down to me from my grandmother. You will also want to choose some type of glassware to serve your cider in. I am using some vintage tea cups that I picked up from a local thrift shop, but these copper mugs would be perfect for a cider station.
Now for the fun part, the last step in styling your apple cider station is to add some spooky Halloween accessories to your tray and surrounding bar area. Everything I have was mostly passed down to me or purchased from past years. I found a ton of cute Halloween decor from Amazon, and you can find our picks at the end of this post!
To accompany our apple cider station styling tips I'm also sharing our apple cider drink recipes for you and your little titan to enjoy. A special cocktail for mommy and a warm safe cider for your little titan.
Mommy Cider Cocktail
2 cups Louisburg 100% Apple Cider from HEB
2 cups champagne of your choosing
1 1/2 cups ice
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup sliced apples
1. Add ice into pitcher.
2. Pour in chilled apple cider.
3. Pour in chilled champagne.
4. Add cinnamon sticks and sliced apples for garnish.
Warm Toddler Apple Cider
1/4 pouch Alpine Spiced Apple Cider
1 cup warm water
1 pumpkin spice marshmallow
1 apple slice
1. Poor 1/4 pouch of alpine cider into bottom of cup. I only like to use a 1/4 pouch because the cider mixture is very sweet, and a full pouch is even too much for me.
2. Heat water to where it is warm, and not to hot to hurt your little titan. Pour water over alpine cider and stir until mixture is dissolved.
3. Add apple slice and pumpkin marshmallow for garnish.
I hope you have a Happy Halloween and enjoy some apple cider with your loved ones! If you have any ideas for making these drinks even better please let share in our comments section.
Until our next adventure,
A Titan's Mother