Hocus Pocus Punch. (p.s. it’s a mocktail!)
On tap for the next week: hocus pocus punch!
This fun Halloween punch is actually a mocktail.
I have so many delish fall cocktails that I wanted to make something for you that truly everyone could enjoy.
And here we are.
As a true original Hocus Pocus lover, I feel like I can’t even mention the movie these days because it’s become such a millennial thing! Such a cult classic. I am obviously a millennial and I did loooove Hocus Pocus. This punch has nothing to do with the movie but I’ve always loved the name. Heck, I probably loved the term hocus pocus before the movie became a thing.
Can I tell you about why I loved Hocus Pocus so much?
It was Bette Midler. Alllll Bette Midler. I actually saw Hocus Pocus in the theater (it came out in the summer!) because I loved her so much. I don’t even think I knew (or thought)it was a Halloween movie!
Even though I was barely tween, and later, of course I would fall head over heels all things that Sarah Jessica Parker touched (they turn to gold!), in the 90s for me, it was all Bette.
My mom adored her and we listened to her albums. We watched Beaches on repeat (I can’t even watch it now because it’s so.darn.sad) and since she was obsessed with her, I was obsessed with her too! We would belt out all her music in the car and to this day, I get a huge wave of nostalgic when I hear her sing.
I don’t know what it is.
So that’s my hocus pocus story.
And this is my hocus pocus punch!
Apple cider, cranberry, orange, ginger and all sorts of delicious things. No real ties to the film, but lots of fun to make and drink while you WATCH the film.
If you’re not doing apple cider sangria, that is.
Hocus Pocus Punch
- 6 cups apple cider
- 2 cups cranberry juice
- 2 (12 ounce) cans orange seltzer
- ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
- 2 oranges, sliced
- 2 apples, sliced
- 1/3 cup maraschino cherries
- 1 cup ginger ale or ginger beer
Combine the apple cider, juice, orange seltzer, ginger ale and maraschino cherry juice in a pitcher or large bowl. Add the cherries, orange slices and apple slices. Stir and serve!
It’s the best fruity, bubbly potion.